CHERYL GILLAN MP: “ TAXED IF YOU MOVE, TAXED IF YOU DON’T”
Chesham and Amersham’s motorists face new stealth tax threat under Labour
Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, warned today of new stealth taxes on local drivers, under Tony Blair’s plans to extend congestion taxes and workplace parking taxes across the country. Mrs Gillan explains that the Transport Secretary, Alastair Darling, told council leaders on 14 December that councils should copy the example of areas like London which is charging £5 a day – soon to be £8 a day – to drive in Buckinghamshire.
Cheryl Gillan said:
“Tony Blair has already brought in new laws to allow local authorities to levy additional anti-car taxes. There is widespread opposition of local residents to these taxes, but now the Government is looking to bully, bribe and cajole local councils to force them through.
“ These will be additional taxes on residents in Chesham and Amersham. There will be no reduction in fuel or excise duty, nor will the charges be tied to a brand new road like the M6 Toll Road. You will be taxed if you move, taxed if you don’t.”
The M25 Orbit Study Final Report, (‘ORBIT’), published in November 2002, advocated:
“We therefore recommend that an optimum area-wide road user charger system is introduced as soon as possible. However, the Government has indicated that this could not be before the end of this decade. But even with an optimum road user charging system, the M25 would still need to be widened between Junctions 16 and 23, 27 and 31, 1 and 3, and 5 and 7, almost certainly by one lane only in each direction… We recommend that, prior to the introduction of either area-wide road user charging or motorway tolling, no new capacity is added to the M25 without ramp metering, possibly coupled with priority lanes, to control the use made of the widened sections.”
Cheryl Gillan added:
“ Labour, backed by the Liberal Democrats, fail to understand that there aren’t viable enough public transport alternatives in the Chesham and Amersham constituency area, and that extra taxes will hit the vulnerable the hardest – like the elderly, the less well-off and those in the villages. Only Conservatives are pledging to oppose new additional taxes on drivers.”