ref date:22 Dec 2000 (ECON)
Tax on cars in city centres probably illegal
The Scottish parliament wants to help curb congestion, so they plan
to levy taxes on drivers wishing to enter city centres.
This discriminates against the low paid, giving those wealthy enough to afford it
a free run of roads paid for by EVERYONE.
These taxes also are NOT in line with provisions in the act of union 1707
which says any new taxes must be levied in Scotland and England.
Lets see the same tax levied in London AND Edinburgh.
This tax also restricts freedom of movement on those who cannot afford to pay
it, even if there are some buses, long distance travel require a car now, more
than ever as years of Westminster Labour and Tory neglect have run down
our public transport services. What will the low paid do? Queue forever for that
bus and train, hope it arrives or doesn't derail, and meanwhile the wealthier members
of society afford the fuel tax and the new city driving taxes.
Very equitable I must say.