Motorists are the forgotten victims of the austerity taxes
ONE of the silent victims of the savage downturn we are living through is the motorist. It seems it is not fashionable to defend drivers, but the truth is that those who have to sit behind a wheel to get to work, or deliver children to school, have been singled out for some pretty harsh treatment.
Often these financial hits on drivers are dressed up as a laudable attempt to save us from environmental degradation. The carbon tax on petrol and diesel is one such attempt to dress up what is nothing more than a tax as something else.
The reality is that over the past six years drivers have been sacrificed at the altar of austerity just like whole swathes of Irish society.