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Climate Change Committee Want Road Pricing

October 18, 2013

By Paul Homewood




I have flagged up before the problem the Treasury will face as more and more electric cars are introduced. Loss of fuel duty and VAT has been estimated to cost the government £14bn a year by 2030, and this is a black hole that will need to be filled.

In 2010, the Committee on Climate Change published their recommendations for the Fourth Carbon Budget, which runs from 2023-27. In the section on fiscal issues, they pointed out that fuel duty alone accounted for revenue of £26bn a year. They then went on to say:


These effects illustrate the need for fiscal rebalancing in the period to 2030. Given that UK roads are likely to become increasingly congested over time, one option which should be seriously considered is the introduction of road pricing, which would have environmental, economic and fiscal benefits (see our 2009 Progress Report).
If road pricing is to be introduced, our analysis suggests that this should be in addition to, and not instead of, fuel duty. The reason for this is that early reduction of fuel duty would encourage increased travelling and emissions which would more than offset the environmental benefits of road pricing. In addition, reduction of fuel duty would also undermine incentives for purchase of electric cars


The intention of a road pricing tax may be to simply replace fuel duty, but past experience tells us that it won’t stop there. After all “environmental benefits” mean taxes are good for us, and will justify hefty increases in future years.

There is also the issue of operating costs for running such a system. These will be substantial and will need to be recovered.

It is also slightly sinister that they propose to run the system in parallel with fuel duty, so the poor suffering motorist will end up paying twice, unless they obey the government diktat and buy a costly, substandard electric alternative.

This may not be government policy at the moment, but the CCC is hugely influential, and, as they say, the black hole will need to be filled somehow. So, don’t bet against it!

For many years, greenies have been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport. They will certainly use road pricing as a lever to achieve this aim.

Of one thing we can be sure though. Those in charge of the system, the politicians, civil servants, environmentalists and scientists will continue to drive whatever cars they want, whenever they want, and wherever they want, knowing that we will foot the bill.

After all, it was not long ago that John Gummer, now running the CCC, admitted to owning three cars, including a seven seater 4×4. His excuse was that it was essential to get around his constituency! Mind you, from this picture, maybe he has got rid of his cars and bought a bull instead!


  1. catweazle666 permalink
    October 18, 2013 3:24 pm

    “The intention of a road pricing tax may be to simply replace fuel duty,”

    All pigs fuelled up and ready for takeoff!

  2. Derek Buxton permalink
    October 18, 2013 3:55 pm

    But is this not one of the objects of the Gallileo satellite system, all traffic tracked by it and charged for the mileage. All the money going to the EU. As to exchanging road tax for road pricing, no chance it will undoubtably be both. Our puppets in Westminster have form.

  3. October 18, 2013 7:30 pm

  4. Ivor Ward permalink
    October 18, 2013 8:43 pm

    Perhaps Lord Deben should try a bullshit powered car. He seems to produce enough of it.

  5. October 19, 2013 6:29 am

    When Tesla’s electric cars hit UK roads, you’ll have to reconsider. Test drive one if you dare succumbing to auto-lust.

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