[OT] - Fuel Taxation
Chris.Smith at raytheon.co.uk
Chris.Smith at raytheon.co.uk
Mon Jul 3 09:37:02 BST 2000
Sorry to commit a mortal sin and post a forwarding on this list,
but this affects us all here in the uk (esp. the lucky people
going to Oxford):-
Also, please actually read this if you have a couple of minutes
> HOW MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>Subject: Fuel Tax
>If you feel strongly enough about it - DO SOMETHING!
>Please read this e-mail, and pass it on to anyone who you think may be=
>interested. This is very important!
>When the petrol price was hiked in America last year, that's precisely=
>what they did. Nobody bought petrol for a day. The loss of revenue was=
>crippling for some of the big players. They rallied round and forced t=
>If you live in the UK, you are taxed at 85% on your petrol. Petrol is
>now approaching 84.90 per litre. That's nearly =A34 a gallon. For ever=
>fill-up, you're just giving the government =A343 out of your own pocke=
>For the average family, a 1p increase per litre in the cost of fuel
>means an extra =A3100 a year out of their pocket. Work it out for your=
>the weeks leading up to mid June, you all took a salary cut of around =
>Fuel duty has little to do with the environment. Leaded petrol was
>supposedly taxed highly for environmental reasons. Why
> then, when it was replaced with LRP did the price not come down? LP=
>is the cleanest fuel there is but you don't see the government promoti=
>that do you?
>38billion is sucked out of motorist's pockets each year in tax. You
>buy the planet's most expensive petrol, but do you see that money goin=
>back into the roads? No you do not. A recent study pointed out that mo=
>Britain's roads are up to 15 years beyond their structural refurbishme=
>Freight companies are suffering - so is our trade with the EU. When a
>haulage company has to fill it's tanks with diesel taxed at such a
>ridiculous rate, it's running costs become so expensive that companies=
>take their business to haulage firms based on the continent. That in t=
>means a loss of income for our country.
>Public transport is not an option. Buses and coaches become more
>expensive again because of the underlying cost of running them. The
>rail and bus companies continue to slash services and close branch rou=
>because running them is not "cost effective." i.e. the shareholders
>getting their dividends. And the government are doing nothing about
>it. Rail companies have been under performing and missing targets as
>by their contracts ever since privatisation. Yet they're all still in
> So Act!
> There is no major organisation that represents the British driver
>when it comes to matters of fuel duty. The government are bleeding
>dry. Why? Because they can. As long as public apathy continues, and w=
>paying ludicrous prices for our petrol, the government will keep layin=
>Starting on Tuesday, August 1st 2000, BOYCOTT THE FORECOURT PUMPS ON
>THE 1ST OF EVERY MONTH UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT ACTS AND
CUTS THE TAX. Don't buy any petrol or diesel.
>Spread the word and force the government to listen. For once, let's
>stand up with a unified voice and make them understand that we will no=
>be quietly steamrollered into a transport system that's crumbling unde=
>our feet whilst we pay for it through the nose. Tell them you have ha=
>enough of Rip-Off Britain.
>If you work in a petrol station and support us: I suggest you start
> the receipts how much your punters just paid in tax. If people start
>receipts that read =A340 (=A332=3Dtax), then they'll start to take not=
> Official website: http://www.speed-trap.co.uk/boycott=
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