The Government are expected to announce next week that they are launching a tax initiative against the road users who have been accused of dodging taxes more than any other-the non driver.
Transport Industry spokeswoman Janet Lake said "...we have noted that there are millions of people in the UK without driving licences, who do not, and have no intention at all of driving. It is quite unfair, therefore, on those law abiding motorists who do drive, for these non-drivers to continue to get away with it..."
"They do not pay road fund tax, nor petrol duty. They do not contribute to Government resources by purchasing petrol. Worst of all, it is believed that none of them are insured-as Churchill would say, 'oh yes!'. Well, oh yes indeed! Look out Mr non-motorist, you days of freeloading are at an end"
It is believed that the Government will request all non drivers to have a small electrical device attached to their lower abdomen. This will record miles travelled without driving and report these statistics back to a central office. If the non-driver is recorded as having not driven on any roads that are subject to peak tariff costs, then, he or she will be charged accordingly-perhaps as much as £1.50 per mile not driven. A walk to the shops for example, rather than driving, might end up costing some non-motorists up to £15.00.
Popular London Mayor Ken Livingstone is backing the idea and fully supports Lake. In an interview he gave yesterday after opening a support unit for people whose share portfolios have dropped in the last year, Livingstone said "...quite how people expect to not come to London and then not have to pay for it, I cannot imagine..." The new, non-congestion charge will apply from July 1st, every time a individual doesn't enter London, he or she will be subject to a £5 charge or £10 at weekends.
Claims that this is another stealth tax have been rigorously denied by the Government. In a furious display of hand wringing yesterday. Prime Minister Tony Blair explained that IT was fair, and that, if successive Conservative administrations had not punished "the wicked non-motorist" earlier, then this need not have happened.
He denied that they were also looking to tax the dead an annual "ceased living" levy of 12.5%.