What are the true costs?

Autocar - - YOUR VIEWS - Gary Wil­liams

With his usual in­sight, Matt Prior has ex­posed an­other of the fail­ings of EVS (Tester’s Notes, 24 Oc­to­ber) and the folly of the House of Com­mons com­mit­tee that wishes to foist them upon us.

A fort­night pre­vi­ously, Au­to­car de­scribed how the ge­niuses of the EU have de­manded even more ag­gres­sive re­duc­tions in ve­hi­cle CO2 emis­sions. Know-it-all politi­cians and bu­reau­crats im­pose their will on us with­out a clue of the prac­ti­cal prob­lems their dik­tats will cause, and then force us who pay their wages to deal with it.

In this case, the so­lu­tion is ob­vi­ous, log­i­cal and fair. We need an ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment of the full cra­dle-to-grave en­vi­ron­men­tal and other ex­ter­nal costs of all forms of ve­hi­cle propul­sion. Im­pose fuel or charg­ing duty based on the ac­tual en­vi­ron­men­tal and other costs the ve­hi­cle will gen­er­ate; con­sumers will then make their in­di­vid­ual choices and pay ac­cord­ingly. Richmond upon Thames

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