Congestion costs were recognised by government as a user cost as long ago as 1976. They may be very wasteful and need to be reduced, but they are not external costs paid by non- road users. They are paid for by motorists in lost time and additional fuel purchase.
Of course, public transport is important and we must renew our ageing bus fleet and improve the railways. It is equally true that the taxation of motoring can be made economically and environmentally more effective by taxing use rather than ownership or purchase.
It is not true, however, that road transport fails to meet its full costs, and there is no justification for an overall increase in motoring taxes.
Head of Policy,
Society of Motor Manufacturing Traders
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