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Are motorists set to pay the price again?

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons this morning with news that the UK government should receive 10% of overall revenue from green taxes by 2015. As a consequence, there is already speculation that taxation on petrol in the UK could be increased by up to 30p a litre. It seems yet again that UK motorists are in the firing line and likely to bear the brunt of future tax rises.

However, the UK government has hit back this morning with a denial regarding the rumoured increase in petrol tax although there is no doubt we will see the introduction of a number of green taxes in the years ahead. Nick Clegg specifically confirmed that motorists would not bear the brunt of proposed tax increases in the green arena in the short, medium longer-term. However, we have seen governments before attempt to protect motorists in the UK only to find out they are the ultimate milking machines for taxation.

As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, why is it that the mere suggestion of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly systems always lead to tax increases? If these efficiencies are indeed money-saving ideas then who is receiving the funds saved?

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