‘Taxes at the pump must be increased!’ Road tax should be abolished, according to Britons.
Because many Brits have been working from home for the past year and a half, they have been paying automobile fees even though they have rarely utilized their cars. Road tax should be calculated based on mileage rather than a fixed amount for all, according to campaigners, and our readers agree.
Out of 3,221 voters polled between 12 p.m. on July 26 and 11 a.m. on July 29, 59.4 percent believe the present road tax system, which charges everyone equally, needs to change. Only 36.4 percent of people want the road tax system to stay the same, while 4.2 percent are undecided on whether it should change.
“I’ve long believed that the road fund license and separate insurance should be removed and the charges linked to fuel, so that if you use a vehicle you are automatically covered,” remarked James BC, a website reader.
“It would put an end to all this absurdity of people driving without paying for either.”
A total of 1,826 persons (57 percent) believe that road tax should be based on mileage, while 40% prefer a flat-rate fee.
This research indicates that while many individuals want the road tax system to reform, not everyone believes a mileage-based levy is the best solution.
Readers were split on whether a mileage-based road tax would reduce emissions; 50.3 percent said no, 40.2 percent said yes, and 9.5 percent said they didn’t know.
“If it is truly about emissions, then surely the price should be applied to the fuel,” said Eric Arthur Blair, a voter.
“A tiny automobile traveling 100 miles each day emits the same amount of CO2 as a large car traveling half that distance.”
“If the tax was added at the pump, it would be impossible to escape, and gas guzzlers would naturally pay more,” JimBell concurred.
Another reader, Forsaken, said that emissions would not reduce because most people would still need to go by car.
“If people need to travel, they need to travel,” they added. “It’s just as absurd as the congestion fee; it’s not designed to reduce pollution, but to profit from it.”
When asked if a mileage-based road charge should be implemented, he said yes. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”