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Freeloaders in the leafy suburbs: do you think they’d mind paying for their road use?

Colm McCarthy


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If you park on a city street, and don't have to pay, you are occupying valuable urban space which has alternative uses

If you park on a city street, and don't have to pay, you are occupying valuable urban space which has alternative uses

If you park on a city street, and don't have to pay, you are occupying valuable urban space which has alternative uses

Inducing taxpayers into tax-avoidance schemes with expensive tax breaks is hardly a viable budget strategy. That is the view of the UK’s Office of Budget Responsibility, an independent body akin to our Fiscal Council.

They were commenting on the acceleration in the take-up of electric cars, now accounting for just over one in 10 new sales in Britain and headed for a market share of 60pc inside five years. There are two hits to the budget: the upfront tax breaks forego revenue in order to stimulate electric car purchases, enabling motorists to avoid fuel taxes thereafter.


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