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Taxing technology

Letters

With respect to the government's proposed road charging policy, it appears that we will only be maintaining a system similar to the status quo, but one that will cost significantly more.

If we do go down the route of electronic monitoring, I can only see problems with the whole revenue collection process. Those people who consider the system unfair will refuse to modify their vehicles or just refuse to pay any bills.

Others, such as visitors, would be given free use of our roads, unless the same technology was introduced Europe-wide.

The only reliable method is to levy the tax at source. If anybody wishes to use their vehicle on the roads they must use fuel, therefore pay the tax.

The thirstier vehicles will pay more, which will project a 'fairer' image. The proposed system will cost millions to implement, then millions more to administer.

The government is using the process as a tool to reduce the perceived taxation on fuel in the first instance - a vote winner. However, the honest citizen will lose out in the longer term.

Alan Sim (M), 30 Leyland Avenue, Gatley, Cheadle, SK8 4AF

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