MP wants fuel tax on receipts

MP wants fuel tax on receipts
19 Oct, 2012 4:56pm Jon Morgan

Petrol and diesel receipts should show how much of the duty paid will be spent on roads, says a Tory MP

Fuel duty has been branded a “stealth tax” by a Tory MP demanding more transparency for motorists.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, has proposed a new law that would see petrol and diesel receipts display the duty paid and show how much of that money will be spent on the roads.

“Taxes should be clear to those paying them,” he told the Commons.

Halfon claimed the average family in Harlow now spends a tenth of its income on fuel – more than its weekly shop. “They face petrol and diesel poverty, and have a right to know why their bills are so high,” he said.

He told the Commons that “fuel duty was never meant to be a millstone around our necks.” And went on to add: “The history of car taxation is a textbook case of how a tax becomes entrenched,” explaining that when duty was first introduced in 1909, the money raised was ring-fenced and used exclusively for the roads.

“However, through the 1920s the road fund was repeatedly raided to prop up the Treasury, and from 1937 it was treated as a general tax.”

Halfon said that greater transparency would act as a deterrent to stop Governments hiking fuel duty without good reason. And that it would make it easier to hold big oil companies to account.

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Spot on for once from a MP

A cheap point from a politician (quel surpris). It is a revenue raiser pure and simple and has been since long before I was born.

so what it does is clearly show you that you're being ripped off??

over half of what you pay is tax and only 14% of that goes on the road....

Feels like far less, the roads are in an absolute state. The governments solution to 'patch it up' isn't a solution because come the winter it cracks again. It doesn't help that most of the people they contract the work to seem more interested in doing a 'quick job'. I saw a road in Cardiff getting resurfaced and then AFTER they did the job they realised they covered a man hole so had to dig up a huge section and re-do it .. POORLY! So the entire road is now going to be vulnerable to cracking again.

I thought petrol duty had actually reduced in recent years. The petrol companies have been upping their slice, knowing full well fuel duty would get the blame for rises. The price at the pumps should be about 5p less than they are today because of the oil companies.

Why do they not spenf the tax on the roads in the first place? It would mean a better road system which would benefit everyone, as well as the economy.

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