Advantages Runs cars
Disadvantages Expensive, over taxed
Presently we are faced with two possible increases, firstly price increases from suppliers as a result of the state of terrorism and wars that seems to have gripped the world.
The second looming increase is a possible proposed taxation increase, possible of about 2 pence on each liter we purchase.
The petrol stations and supermarkets that serve us with the fuel for our cars also are in buisness to make a profit, which most do quite nicely thank you. It is noticeable however that many smaller stations have disappeared from our streets since supermarket chains took a more major role in supplying fuel, so one might be forgiven for thinking that the profit margin is slim pickings.
The up side to the chain stores newer string to their bows, is that it has kept fuel competitively priced with regards to the retailer mark-up. The all familiar price wars amount the supermarket chains has left us with regular money off coupons (for up to 5 pence a liter) and more accessible places to tank up. Not to mention keeping their profit margins to a minimum, hence a better deal for us.
I think by now you should have gathered that I don't have any beef with the suppliers and retailers of petrol. What I do have a huge beef with, is the exorbitant amount of tax we are forced to pay upon the fuel.We pay more per liter than just about any country in the whole world, and in many cases a huge amount more than other countries who also tax fuel.
Ok, so 17.5% VAT is the standard amount we pay on all commodities, so whilst no one likes to pay out money, it does seem reasonable for the government to generate some revenue by that method.
Now think on further to the rest of the levy imposed on fuel purchases and already I feel the colour coming to my face as my temper rages.
Point of thought....don't we already pay road tax?..oh yes, so we do, and incidentally that is also higher than almost any other country that employs road tax. Don't we have far less road legnth per capper (miles of road per driving person) than almost any other country? Anyone see an anomaly?, especially as the condition of the roads isn't anything to write home about.
Income tax is a pretty fair system, it is an equally applied system that takes money from each and every one of us towards things that each and every one of us needs, uses or may well need at some point.
As a car driver paying huge taxation on my fuel I am scepticle that i am paying a fair share of money towards things that are nationally required. Now if I were paying 76 pence in the pound towards cleaning up the environment, recycling cars and developing more economic and environmentally responsible engines then I would be a far less unhappy bunny.
So to my final thoughts..... The tax level on fuel is not acceptable, not clearly explained, nor fairly applied. It is an allrming amount unjustifiable by any measure. What would be interesting would be the affect on government revenue if each and every vehicle user were to forgo just 1 liter of petrol per week. Not an unachievable target should the country stick together and not an unrealistic target that should only cause minor inconvenience. I'm quite sure that most of you who drive a car can find away to avoid about 10 miles of travel a week for a few weeks.
If every driver who did that also wrote a letter of complaint to the government about the level of taxation it would be even better!!
I would dearly like every vehicle driver in the country to simply not drive for just one day, unfortunately that's alot to expect and the very people and companies who are fighting for survival due to the price of taxation are likely to be the ones who would suffer most from a day of no driving.
* * * * Thank you for reading ~ i would appreciate any of your views and input about this matter * * *
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