Combine National Insurance and Income Tax

Currently we have these two systems of tax which are similar in many ways. As no tax is hypothecated, the argument that NI is for certain uses is bogus. Clearly, if we just had income tax on all types of income in would be more efficient to collect for both the government and business. Although this would be a radical step, people aren’t stupid and they would clearly see that the overall tax take was the same.

Why is this idea important?

Currently we have these two systems of tax which are similar in many ways. As no tax is hypothecated, the argument that NI is for certain uses is bogus. Clearly, if we just had income tax on all types of income in would be more efficient to collect for both the government and business. Although this would be a radical step, people aren’t stupid and they would clearly see that the overall tax take was the same.

Increase the towing weight on newer car licences

Since 1997 car licences have not had BE entitlement, although it is thought that many people tow illegal weights. (Essentially over 750kg.) We should reinstate BE for those with a few years experience and a clean driving record (or up the B towing limit) to permit these people to tow caravans and trailers as those before them have done. Our current road safety issues are down to irresponsible behaviour and aggressive driving, and so restricting people towing with cars is not going to help.

Why is this idea important?

Since 1997 car licences have not had BE entitlement, although it is thought that many people tow illegal weights. (Essentially over 750kg.) We should reinstate BE for those with a few years experience and a clean driving record (or up the B towing limit) to permit these people to tow caravans and trailers as those before them have done. Our current road safety issues are down to irresponsible behaviour and aggressive driving, and so restricting people towing with cars is not going to help.