A ‘Fair Deal for Drivers’ campaign has been launched by the Daily Telegraph amid claims that the average motorist is now paying more than £600 a year tax under Labour.
The paper suggests that Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under pressure to reconsider a number of controversial tax rises that have left drivers feeling they are being unfairly targeted by the Treasury.
Figures compiled by the AA shows that the average motorist pays more than £1,800 annually in fuel duty, car tax, VAT on petrol and other levies – an increase of more than 50% in a little more than a decade.
The paper reports that there are growing calls for the Prime Minister to abandon both the 2p a litre fuel duty rise scheduled for October and planned changes in Vehicle Excise Duty that will see major rises for many cars from next April.
The campaign also points out that this year the Government is likely to raise at least £48 billion in motoring taxes, which also includes company car tax – compared with £31.3bn when Labour came to power in 1997. However, the Government spends less than £8bn of that amount on roads.
AA president Edmund King in backing the campaign said: “This campaign is needed because it appears the car is seen and taxed as a luxury rather than a necessity.”