New emissions zone to hit drivers with £12.50 a day ‘pollution tax’
“City Hall” estimates that up to 60,000 road users a day will be hit by the Ulez fee in its first stage, and that number will rise to 138,000 when the zone is extended to the North and South Circular ring roads. All diesel cars built before 2015 are subject to the charge, along with pre-2005 petrol cars.
I have several reasons to CUNT this….
1. There was a tv programme on air pollution last year.
A trial was carried out on a german city. Air pollution measuring equipment was installed at set points. Half the city banned diesel vehicles from driving through. The other half carried on as normal.
Difference in pollution levels ? Less than 1%. Conclusion : Environmental bollocks.
2. diesel cars pre 2015 / petrol cars pre-2005 affected :-
These are roughly, 31.6 million cars on uk roads. 12.5 M diesel, 18.7 M petrol, 400k electric/alternative fuels (only 15,400 new electric cars were sold in the uk in 2018, and that is a new ‘high’ of 6% ; in 2013, electric car sales were less than 1%). Lets be generous & assume only 40% of petrol cars are pre 2005. Based on new diesel car sales since 2015, approx 95% of diesel cars are pre 2015. The UK government recommended people buy diesel cars as they produce less CO than petrol engines. CUNTS
If this sort of ‘pollution’ tax was rolled out to all UK cities, approx 20 Million motorists would be affected.
3. “We want to encourage people to update their cars to modern less polluting ones” :-
Typical ‘Joe Public’ used car – 2009 Vauxhall Astra diesel hatchback ; cost to buy today = £1,100
Air polution ‘tax exempt’ car – 2018 VW Golf ‘electric’ hatchback £24,495
Cost to upgrade your car = £23,395
For someone driving into the zone twice a month; 24 x £12.50 = £300/year ; you’ll keep your old ‘polluting’ car.
For people doing the drive daily, it will completely price them out of the area, resulting in more lost jobs & income. (If you could afford that kind of money for a newer car – you’d already have upgraded.This clean air tax is another excuse to pick peoples pockets. Working people reliant on driving into London for their jobs will be priced out.
CUNTS who introduce these taxes, are driven around in new cars; tax, mot, insurance, fuel, driver, etc, all funded by the taxpayers.
I’m all for limiting air pollution, but in a long term planned way. The UK government never plans long term – they lurch from one issue to another. They are always ‘shocked’ at reports/studies highlighting problems, despite the fact that they comissioned most of them, and have ignored the reports published previously, hoping that ‘the next’ government will tackle that, or hoping that the issues will just ‘go away’.
When problems are highlighted (newspapers, mainstream news or ‘action’ groups), they either throw money at it (which ‘magically’ appears), or more often than not, introduce a tax (to force change for the better) as is the case here.
It won’t force change. ‘Joe Public’ doesn’t have a spare £20grand down the side of the sofa.
The taxes will increase. The poorest will pay. The ‘Cunt Elite’ will be unaffected.
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