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Goodbye Supercar

Goodbye Supercar

One of the latest crackpot ideas to come out of a government department is for a two tier road tax system. The idea is that, if you use motorways and major trunk roads, you pay more. If your motoring is confined to local minor roads you pay less. The flaw is obvious. Even the most local of local drivers will at some point find it necessary to use the posh roads.

This is so ill-conceived as to beggar belief. Fortunately it is only one of several suggestions that consider the future of the Vehicle Excise Duty. What’s really behind this is the government’s own policy. They’ve taxed motorists to the hilt and made the ownership of more luxurious cars even more expensive. This, and fuel duty, has caused drivers to turn to smaller, frugal cars and to reduce their mileage – a market cannily spotted by manufacturers.

The result is that these swivel-eyed Whitehall mandarins have rather painted themselves into a corner. Tax revenues from auto users has dropped significantly and the bigwigs find themselves looking for devious ways to recoup that missing cash. This attitude is made worse by virtue of the fact that this government – pre-election – declared themselves the party to ‘end the war on motorists’. Ha.

What’s worse is that only 25% – just one quarter – of the revenue raised from motorists is actually spent on the roads and in the meantime our cars plunge into potholes only marginally smaller than the Ngorongoro Crater. One chap from the RAC said that he wouldn’t mind so much if they ring-fenced the money for road use only. That’s unfortunately a very naïve view as history has shown. Clearly many hard-pressed drivers would go for the cheaper option and the B roads of Britain would soon become clogged whilst the motorways remained the domain of the wealthier road user – and governments officials.

All of this must pose an additional dilemma when the time comes to buy a car. Many of us would like, say, a Porsche or a BMW M3 if we’re in that fortunate financial position – a Ferrari even. The rest of us may aspire to something that has more prestige than we’ve had in the past. You might as well forget it.

It is illegal to drive above 70mph anywhere. Additionally, there are many things you are not allowed to do in cars – curiously though, you can still do that. Whilst stationary obviously. You must be a driving automaton. Servicing and repairs today are very expensive, as is fuel, VAT and VED. No matter how much of the folding stuff you have, the car-hating killjoys hold sway. Save your money and have some nice holidays away from grey Britain with its grey government. If you still want to have fun in cars when all the rules are stacked against you, the keen driver will probably get more pleasure out of an old Mazda MX5 that’s cheap to buy and run than the latest supercar. Wave goodbye to all that.

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