Tax places heavy toll on motorists
Motorists already hard hit by increased fuel prices will suffer more pain soon. Prices will rise again when the carbon tax is raised from €15 per tonne to €25 per tonne in December, and the Government is considering numerous new motorway tolls.
The plight of those -- the great majority -- who have no option but to pay up illustrates the multiple dilemmas in which the Government finds itself in its struggle to find adequate revenue without strangling the economy.
Obviously we have no control over the price of crude oil, but we do have control over the taxation which makes up a huge proportion of the price per litre of the refined fuel. Dermot Jewell of the Consumers' Association puts forward the intriguing idea that the Government should refrain from increasing tax when the price per litre exceeds €1.30.