Reform for Transport and Oil/Petroleum Products
The following proposal for an integrated reform for
transport and petroleum products. This was sent from
us under our earlier name of Dragonfly Trust. It was
sent to Newspapers and Government Ministers.
See the replies from Prime Minister
Tony Blair and the Treasury.
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We are willing to develop this section!
We wish to place before the government of this country a
series of proposals that seek to address the immediate necessity
to act on the problem of Global Warming and to mitigate the
undesirable/unpopular effects of such measures.
We list below, the bare statement of each of the proposed
measures and further down the document are the explanations
of the reasoning for the said measures.
GLOBAL WARMING PROPOSAL
1. A new tax called the Environmental Tax shall be introduced
and shall be applied to all petroleum and petroleum based
products at the point of entry into the U.K.
2. Road Fund Tax in the current form shall be replaced by
an increase on the price of fuel.
3. The MOT test shall be required for all vehicles regardless
of age and they shall display an MOT disc similar to the current
4. The fares on all forms of mass public transport (surface)
shall be set by legislation at a fixed price per mile and
ticket carrying passengers may use whichever form of transport
5. Rural and unpopular routes shall be subsidised from the
income produced by the environment tax.
6. Financial assistance shall be available for the establishment
and operation of Community Shops in rural areas.
We suggest that the Environmental Tax shall be levied at 30%
over and above the current price including all current duties
By applying the Environmental Tax at the point of entry into
the U.K. we can ensure that all users are taxed equally and
in proportion to the amount used. This will apply to fuel
users and to those who manufacture petroleum based products
such as plastics,
cleaning products, paints and coatings etc, all of which contribute
to the deterioration of the environment and the need for landfill
The purpose in replacing the Road Fund Tax in favour of a
further increase in the price of fuel is twofold.
First it will further discourage excessive and unnecessary
use of vehicles.
Second it will enable the staff who are currently employed
in administering the issuance and policing of the Road Fund
Tax to be transferred to the administration and policing of
the new M.O.T. procedure.
The new M.O.T. test will apply to all vehicles regardless
of age in order to help reduce accidents involving faults
due to wear and usage that can occur within the first year
of a vehicles life. The issuance of an M.O.T. disc which must
be displayed in the same way as the current Tax disc will
ensure that vehicles which have not undertaken an M.O.T. test
will be easily identified and removed from the road.
It will be a requirement that all vehicles must have a valid
Certificate of Insurance at the time that the M.O.T. test
Items 4 & 5 are designed to ensure that a viable alternative
to the private car is available. Passengers will be able to
travel at times which they choose, without fear that the cost
of such travel will be dependent on the whim of the provider.
They will also be able to choose the most convenient means
of travel and alternate between different means and different
providers in order to reach the desired destination within
the specified time allowed. This shall apply to all methods
of surface transport with a carrying capacity of 6 or more
persons. Vehicles with a carrying capacity of 5 persons or
less shall operate on the meter principle with the rates being
set nationally and not subject to local variation.
To further reduce the necessity for the use of vehicles,
particularly in remote/rural areas, a proportion of the Environmental
Tax shall be made available for the purpose of setting up
and subsidising the operation of Community Shops.
These shall be set up and staffed by local people working
as volunteers or semi-volunteers to operate the business with
some subsidy available to offset the need for complete financial
viability. In those cases where financial viability is achieved,
the profit can be used to reduce prices and/or to improve
facilities and services within the community.
The shops should, ideally, be able to provide a range of retail
goods which would commonly be found in a good general store,
together with a prescription service (possibly linked to the
nearest full-time pharmacy), a Post Office with it’s
attendant banking facility and a ticket office for the transport
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