With reference to road user charging and the recent report by Sir Rod Eddington, I believe in the principle that the polluter pays.
In this respect I suggest that petrol vouchers should be provided with every new issue of the annual vehicle excise licence to allow drivers to purchase a xed amount of fuel per month at the market price.
Any additional fuel could be purchased at a premium price.
The system would permit everyone to travel a reasonable amount without being penalised as the straight fuel tax levy does and would encourage the use of more fuel efficient vehicles.
The cost of implementation and maintenance would be low as there would be no need for expensive monitoring or billing.
While the system would not overcome all shortcomings, at least those with unlicensed vehicles could not escape the additional fuel costs.
Derek Bissell (M), 107 Worcester Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldeld, B75 5NL