Another pot brained idea that will not get off the ground. Remember a few years back they where going to fit a little black box to your car so that you could be tracked at all times and pay a higher tax at peak times, what ever happened to that. .....
...There's also the disparity with big cars as well. For a number of years now my cars (2.0-2.7L engines) have been at the top-end of the tax brackets which is (IMO) somewhat unfair when there's hundreds of far bigger/heavier gas-guzzling executive cars/4x4s clogging up the roads on my commute...
...It should always be more expensive than public transport due to the priviledge of having the freedom to drive...
The second of those points... Fine if you live in an urban area, but crap if you live out in the sticks. In this village we do have a bus service, but it's just two each way per day. If anyone wanted to get to work in the nearest big city (Bath) by bus, you'd have to use two buses, your journey would take about two hours (for 15 miles), and you wouldn't be able to get there until about 9.30am! Living in small country villages, driving is not a privilege. It's a necessity.
Redchecker - Thats all well and good for you lot living where there is public transport, what about those that live in the middle of nowhere where there is no such thing as public transport. If you think cars should cost more than £6 pound for 5 miles - my parents live a 40mile round trip to their nearest shop as do plenty of others, just wouldnt work, would be back to horse and cart!
I shall tell my parents not to work so often then! Seriously, I have just moved to a city - the main reason was living too far away from a town, I was using probably about half my salary just to get to work, so coming home with next to nothing. In my opinion living here in the city is crap in comparison to where I used to live, but if I want to get rich I have no choice. But if the price of travel keeps increasing people living in the country will be force to moved to cities too and lead a poorer quality of life. So much for a free country! Perhaps they should consider lowering the price of public transport, quite honestly I think paying £5 to be crammed onto a train with a load of smelly people is a total rip off.RedCheckerPeople will have to change their habits (do more and less often)