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Tory plans to tax motorists will hit rural areas

January 28, 2010

Commenting on reports of Conservative plans to increase petrol duty to raise money to pay for their proposed married couple’s allowance, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Norman Baker said: 

“This is a retrograde step that will cause immense damage to people in rural areas who have no alternative to using their cars. The Tories are just copying Labour’s failed policies.

“It would be much fairer to bring in a revenue neutral road pricing scheme for motorways and dual carriageways, roads which often have a rail alternative.

“The Liberal Democrats will abolish Vehicle Excise Duty and scrap fuel duty.”

Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye said,

“This is back-of-the-envelope stuff from the Tories. They have dug themselves into a big whole, and their proposals will hurt Rye and the surrounding villages.

“Vince Cable and Norman Baker deserve to be trusted over George Osborne, not only with the maths of this, but also with our environment. The Liberal Democrats are leading the way on fair, costed policies, that demonstrate a real commitment to our rural communities, and protecting our environment.”


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