British drivers could be hit by a massive increase in motoring taxes if the recommendations of the Green Fiscal Commission are accepted by the Government. The report includes pushing petrol prices up which would push a litre of diesel or petrol to more than £2.20. It was also suggested that a tax would be introduced on new cars of £300 that would rise by £3000 over the next eleven years.
It is thought that the big hike up in motoring taxes is essential if Britain is to meet its targets of cutting green house gas emissions by a third over the next decade according to the proposals. Critics believe that drivers are already over taxed and are being used as cash-cows.
The Commission was established in 2007 to consider ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Senior members of all three political parties serve on it, as does Lord Turner, the Government's 'green tsar'. 'It is really a question of moving a mindset,' said the report's author, Paul Elkins, a professor at University College London. 'We've had it as a given that energy is cheap, so we have been wasteful. This has to change and the only way to do that is to make the polluters pay.'