UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Tory plans to tax motorists will hit rural areas says Baker

Press Release   •   Jan 25, 2010 10:45 GMT

“The Liberal Democrats will abolish Vehicle Excise Duty and scrap fuel duty," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary.

Commenting on reports of Conservative plans to increase petrol duty to raise money to pay for their proposed married couple’s allowance, 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.”