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High fuel tax works against environment


I write in connection with the fuel crisis letters (NCE last week). The Government's claim that higher fuel tax is a green tax is in my opinion a smoke screen for generating revenue at the expense of the motorist.

Many families rely on at least one car for travelling to work and with many people looking for a healthier, cleaner lifestyle outside of the city centre it is inevitable that car journeys are increasing.

This is made worse by the lack of regular public transport alternatives in certain areas.

I believe people are sacrificing the quality of the car they drive by running older, less well maintained, more environmentally unfriendly vehicles to lower costs and in preference to re-housing closer to the city centres in which many work.

This policy therefore has the opposite effect to that which the Government claims and if spending less is necessary to keep a family car on the road then decisions to fit essential items such as well maintained tyres may be postponed. This policy can only serve to increase the dangers of road transport.

John Bell,

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