|The Rt Hon
Gordon Brown MP
10 Downing Street
100 Any road
31st January 2008
Dear Gordon Brown:
Rationing Fuel is Fair- Taxing it
is Not Fair
Mr Rich man prefers that motorists are subject to a
congestion charge after all it will clear the peasants off the roads.
City centres will return to earlier golden ages of motoring when only
people of substance drove cars. Mr Rich man is also in favour of toll
roads, this will free these roads to some extent from traffic. He also,
doesn't mind variable road tax for vehicles with larger engine sizes,
after all he is rich. However, he does feel that he benefits from the
current cheap air fares. As he spends a lot of time on overseas
holidays, that even he couldn't afford to go on, so frequently, years
ago. He also hopes that increasing fuel tax will reduce the levels of
existing traffic on the roads.
Those of us who are not rich have nothing but
smouldering resentment for government and the manner in which we are
ripped off and continue to be ripped off here in the UK if we are
motorists. For a full picture of the extent to which we are ripped off
Road tax is Unfair as is Road Charging. That this
tax is spent on road upkeep is nonsense. Aren't we entitled to an
explanation of what road tax is really used for?
The extent to which we are taxed is actually
unfair. Some motorists really do NEED large vehicles, for example any
family with several children needs a larger vehicle. When a product
becomes scarce its price will increase. Whilst at present fuel is not
scarce, we all know it is a very finite resource. Whether the car
designers can produce a vehicle that will go further on the fossil fuel
that we use at present or whether there is an alternative fuel that can
be developed that comes from a renewable source, there is a need for
some control over the movement of people in order to reduce fuel
consumption to essential journeys.
The present method to reduce the use of cars is the
price method. This is unfair as it discriminates against the bulk of
the people who are not well off; it is even more unfair with citizens
who have families. Anyone with money can use as much fuel as they
require to go from A to B whether that journey is a sensible use of
dwindling fuel reserves or not. Whereas Joe Soap has to pay more and
more to get to work. Similarly the delivery of goods is subject to
higher costs because of higher fuel costs.
Rationing is Fair
Rationing is used where there is a shortage of some
essential commodity or food. It is only usually used when there is a
state of national emergency. Just because rationing is associated with
times of war and emergency it should not be dismissed as being
unsuitable as a means to regulate the use of vehicle (and other) fuel.
Rationing however inconvenient is fair. Even the poorest motorist will
receive his or her share of the government determined ration. With the
development of the computer, the pricing of fuel (and anything else) can
be controlled by a variable tax that can be linked to several other
databases. Without delving into the precise working of such a system of
managing fuel consumption, I am presenting a few possible proposals as
to how fuel rationing or differential pricing? could work:
1. Every motorist is entitled to a basic fuel
ration which has a fixed low tax
2. Motorists who have a family would have a greater
ration -time to get married?
3. Car tax on larger vehicles should be related to
the use of that vehicle -large families need large cars. People who live
in rural areas may actually need 4x4's
4. People who live in rural areas are entitled to a
5. The fuel tax for fuel within the basic allowance
can be reasonably priced -reduced!!
6. If a motorist needs more fuel he or she will pay
a higher rate for that fuel: except when special conditions apply
7. Special conditions could be identified to enable
motorists who need more fuel for certain purposes to have more fuel at
the basic fuel price. I am thinking, for example, of the increasing cost
of fuel for those people, especially with families whose children attend
sporting activities and events.
8. Once a motorist has used his or her basic ration
the cost of the fuel tax will increase to the next stage
9. The rationing could be pseudo-rationing there is
no limit to how much fuel one may buy! Just pay more. The concept of
Fuel Control is acceptable, increasing fuel tax is not.
10. If and when fuel rationing needs to be imposed
(and it will be, won't it?), the structure for its fair implementation
would be in place.
Even the non-motorist could have a fuel allowance
this would encourage car sharing. Possibly the programming could be
incorporated into the new credit card style driving license or into a
vehicle licensing ‘card’ I do hope that the people who have designed
these new style computer based systems have left capacity to allow
interaction between different systems using cards, even the identity
Just a reminder, at present people are treated
unfairly as the control of the use of fuel is managed by charging every
motorist, irrespective of their means, more. Provided the tax is high
enough this will work to deter unnecessary travel, but it is not fair,
and any government that continues to follow this path will be likely to
be voted out at the next election.