Councils can see the pound signs driving around their deserted town centres and they want a slice of the tax revenue. The low emissions zones being created across the UK are nothing to do with saving the planet, they are about collecting revenue – a taxation on movement, simple as that. Have you seen the blue smoke belching from school buses that belong in museums? No plans to ban those.
Instead, councils are targeting private drivers, who want to shop in towns, or need to commute to work. This strategy is a neat way of replacing the business rates tax that councils used to enjoy, until the internet tsunami began to sweep away every retailer, large and small, from UK High Streets. It also forces people onto dirty, unsafe, unreliable buses, which are 40% funded by the public sector – more people means less public sector subsidy, getting the picture yet?
But this blanket banning, or taxing, of diesel cars (and older petrol ones) is inherently unfair and everyone knows it. Here’s the latest from Motorpoint;
Over 80 per cent of motorists are against current plans to ban diesel cars from city centres according to a new survey by Motorpoint.
The poll from the UK’s leading independent car retailer found 84 per cent of people quizzed were opposed to plans by local authorities that could see Bristol become the first city in the UK to create a ‘Clean Air Zone’ and stop drivers of diesel cars using roads in certain parts of the city centre at selected times. Some 989 motorists took part in the poll on the Motorpoint website.
Under current proposals published by Bristol City Council all privately owned diesel vehicles from 2021 onwards would be banned from an area approximately 1.26 square miles in the city between 7am and 3pm as part of a drive by the Government to reduce air pollution in 24 towns and cities by 2025. A wider, Low Emission Charging Zone would also come into force to police commercial vehicles, including vans and taxis as well as HGVs, coming into the city.
Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Motorpoint, said: “We applaud efforts by local authorities to create ‘Clean Air Zones’ in our towns and cities but the message from motorists is that a blanket ban on privately-owned diesel drivers, especially when two out of five vehicles on the road today are diesels, won’t work and local authorities need to go back to the drawing board in order to come up with a solution that doesn’t just penalise diesel drivers.”
Insurance Edge Comment;
Using the London ULEZ zone already costs £12.50 per day for cars, vans and motorcycles, and it seems likely that this cost will increase to around £15 per day as Climate Emergency politics prompts more politicians and activists to demand laws that suit their chosen agenda. But this Victim Card Top Trumps is going to impact everyone’s life very badly, if taken to its logical conclusion: Which is that we should all stay at home, buy very few new things, throw nothing away and only use sustainable energy to power transport systems or vehicles.
The result would be a quasi medieval society, with the new priests of green politics in charge, (and driving 50K Tesla electric cars) while the rest of us are stuck in serfdom, riding refurbished bicycles to work. It is a compelling argument in that it saves the planet, but billions of us must live a pre-industrial revolution life of spartan misery to placate the proponents of this new religion.
Sad times. Off to drive my Alfa Spider before it is seized and crushed…