Increase the biofuel content of diesel to 25% during the summer months

Currently diesel contains 5% biodiesel. The limiting factor is the viscosity of biodiesel at low temperatures.

At 25 deg C 25% biodiesel/diesel would have the same viscosity as as 5% biodiesel/diesel at -10 deg C.

Therefore the proportion of biodiesel could be 5% in Winter, 15% spring/autumn and 25% during the summer.

It is normal for ordinary diesel to be sold without winter additive during the summer months so it should be no problem to change the biodiesel/diesel blend.

Why is this idea important?

Currently diesel contains 5% biodiesel. The limiting factor is the viscosity of biodiesel at low temperatures.

At 25 deg C 25% biodiesel/diesel would have the same viscosity as as 5% biodiesel/diesel at -10 deg C.

Therefore the proportion of biodiesel could be 5% in Winter, 15% spring/autumn and 25% during the summer.

It is normal for ordinary diesel to be sold without winter additive during the summer months so it should be no problem to change the biodiesel/diesel blend.

Change VED to insurance

Scrap VED on private cars. Introduce a basic third-party injury insurance cost based on car/risk profile.

Investigate a simil;ar approach to commercial vehicles (not so clear as I write this)

Why is this idea important?

Scrap VED on private cars. Introduce a basic third-party injury insurance cost based on car/risk profile.

Investigate a simil;ar approach to commercial vehicles (not so clear as I write this)

End discrimination against remote areas by central government

The policy of centralisation pursued in the UK for many decades has resulted in severe discrimination against communities in the remoter parts of England, Scotland and Wales. People in these communities pay the same taxes (both direct and indirect) as those living in large towns and cities, yet they are frequently denied essential services because central government deems it too expensive to provide them.

This mentality prevails, even though remote areas unquestionably have a greater need for such services than city areas. Examples of such discrimination are:

  • Fuel pricing

EU regulations allow for a reduced rate of VAT to be applied on petrol and diesel in remote areas. Even though countries such as Finland apply this policy in relation to their remote island communities, the UK government has never adopted it. As a result, petrol on the Scottish islands is priced as high as £1.33 per litre, in areas where public road or rail transport is virtually non-existent.

  • Digital TV and licensing

Despite massive publicity about the digital switchover, Freeview will not provide universal coverage within the UK. This situation is unjustified when everyone, irrespective of location, is legally required  to pay for a TV licence. The conclusion is that people in remote areas have paid for a digital TV service which is not being provided to them.

  • Broadband

There is no political will to provide the resources from central government to ensure that every location in the UK has access to a basic broadband service of at least 2mbps. Whilst funds, raised from general taxation, are made available to develop high-speed broadband for densely-populated areas, remoter communities are unfairly denied a basic service.
 

Why is this idea important?

The policy of centralisation pursued in the UK for many decades has resulted in severe discrimination against communities in the remoter parts of England, Scotland and Wales. People in these communities pay the same taxes (both direct and indirect) as those living in large towns and cities, yet they are frequently denied essential services because central government deems it too expensive to provide them.

This mentality prevails, even though remote areas unquestionably have a greater need for such services than city areas. Examples of such discrimination are:

  • Fuel pricing

EU regulations allow for a reduced rate of VAT to be applied on petrol and diesel in remote areas. Even though countries such as Finland apply this policy in relation to their remote island communities, the UK government has never adopted it. As a result, petrol on the Scottish islands is priced as high as £1.33 per litre, in areas where public road or rail transport is virtually non-existent.

  • Digital TV and licensing

Despite massive publicity about the digital switchover, Freeview will not provide universal coverage within the UK. This situation is unjustified when everyone, irrespective of location, is legally required  to pay for a TV licence. The conclusion is that people in remote areas have paid for a digital TV service which is not being provided to them.

  • Broadband

There is no political will to provide the resources from central government to ensure that every location in the UK has access to a basic broadband service of at least 2mbps. Whilst funds, raised from general taxation, are made available to develop high-speed broadband for densely-populated areas, remoter communities are unfairly denied a basic service.
 

Abolish smokeless zones

Rules prohibiting the burning of wood, ordinary coal, and all materials other than smokeless fuel should be abolished. This would make no appreciable difference to air quality within towns, as very few people would exercise their rights to emit smoke, preferring the convenience of gas powered central heating. Anyone willing to put in the required effort would be rewarded with lower fuel bills, and council officers would not be employed to investigate the harmless behaviour of individuals trying to heat their homes. When wood is taken from managed forrests, this is a sustainable resource, unlike gas.

Why is this idea important?

Rules prohibiting the burning of wood, ordinary coal, and all materials other than smokeless fuel should be abolished. This would make no appreciable difference to air quality within towns, as very few people would exercise their rights to emit smoke, preferring the convenience of gas powered central heating. Anyone willing to put in the required effort would be rewarded with lower fuel bills, and council officers would not be employed to investigate the harmless behaviour of individuals trying to heat their homes. When wood is taken from managed forrests, this is a sustainable resource, unlike gas.

Abolish Road Fund Licence

Incorporate RFL onto the cost of fuel; this would generate about £300 million per annum; abolish the DVLA; a legal requirement to display proof that the vehicle is insured: no disc will mean that the vehicle is impunded and if not claimed within 2 weeks it will be crushed. This works in the Republic of Ireland and it could work here!

Why is this idea important?

Incorporate RFL onto the cost of fuel; this would generate about £300 million per annum; abolish the DVLA; a legal requirement to display proof that the vehicle is insured: no disc will mean that the vehicle is impunded and if not claimed within 2 weeks it will be crushed. This works in the Republic of Ireland and it could work here!

Stop charging VAT on excise duty.

Currently the British Government charge excise duty on all types of fuel.  In addition to this the British Government charge VAT on the same products and an proportion of this is charged on the Excise Duty thereby taxing a tax.  Whilst this obviously brings in a significant amount of money for HM Treasury surely it is unjust to TAX a TAX.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the British Government charge excise duty on all types of fuel.  In addition to this the British Government charge VAT on the same products and an proportion of this is charged on the Excise Duty thereby taxing a tax.  Whilst this obviously brings in a significant amount of money for HM Treasury surely it is unjust to TAX a TAX.

Make fuel taxation more transparent

Ever since before even the first fuel protests several years ago, it's been claimed that 60 – 80% of the cost of Petrol & Diesel fuel consist of taxation (depending on how good the maths of the person making the claim is).

One claim in a comment I saw over on John Redwood's excellent blog during the months leading up to the recent general election suggested that the real cost of petrol at the time was 44p a litre.. the other 76p of a £1.20 litre of fuel being the taxes being slapped on top.

Pretty much everyone (apart from the bean counters in the treasury) seem to thing the double taxation (duty + VAT) is unfair, and the taxation level takes the mickey (actually most people use a much stronger word than "mickey").

My solution is:

  • Scrap Fuel Duty
  • Scrap VAT on fuel
  • Replace both with a single "Fuel Sales Tax" ("F.S.T") to make it more transparent
  • Include a "Rural Relief" on the Fuel Sales tax in rural areas with sub-standard public transport services (perhaps in the form of a card similar to a "NECTAR" card or "BOOTS Advantage" card?)
  • Include an "essential services relief" on the Fuel Sales Tax to ease the fuel burden on Emergency Services, Public Transport operators & Hauliers.

 

Why is this idea important?

Ever since before even the first fuel protests several years ago, it's been claimed that 60 – 80% of the cost of Petrol & Diesel fuel consist of taxation (depending on how good the maths of the person making the claim is).

One claim in a comment I saw over on John Redwood's excellent blog during the months leading up to the recent general election suggested that the real cost of petrol at the time was 44p a litre.. the other 76p of a £1.20 litre of fuel being the taxes being slapped on top.

Pretty much everyone (apart from the bean counters in the treasury) seem to thing the double taxation (duty + VAT) is unfair, and the taxation level takes the mickey (actually most people use a much stronger word than "mickey").

My solution is:

  • Scrap Fuel Duty
  • Scrap VAT on fuel
  • Replace both with a single "Fuel Sales Tax" ("F.S.T") to make it more transparent
  • Include a "Rural Relief" on the Fuel Sales tax in rural areas with sub-standard public transport services (perhaps in the form of a card similar to a "NECTAR" card or "BOOTS Advantage" card?)
  • Include an "essential services relief" on the Fuel Sales Tax to ease the fuel burden on Emergency Services, Public Transport operators & Hauliers.

 

fuel costs

Fuel costs and other motoring costs are going to RISE despite the oil prices? Ok? Its happening? If you as a Goivernment are NOT going to step in and STOP garages from over charging us at the pump (by a new teired retail profit  price based tax system)

Then lets al least HELP people who NEED transport. I propose that taxis, busses, police services, ambulances, fire services, are all essential. And that for this reason they should be allowed to run on RED DIESEL. At present only agricultural vehicles can do this and it does not seem right.

Why is this idea important?

Fuel costs and other motoring costs are going to RISE despite the oil prices? Ok? Its happening? If you as a Goivernment are NOT going to step in and STOP garages from over charging us at the pump (by a new teired retail profit  price based tax system)

Then lets al least HELP people who NEED transport. I propose that taxis, busses, police services, ambulances, fire services, are all essential. And that for this reason they should be allowed to run on RED DIESEL. At present only agricultural vehicles can do this and it does not seem right.

Road Tax To Be Put On Petrol

Road Tax To Be Put On Petrol

No one will be able to avoid not paying Road Tax any more as the people need petrol to run their cars. 

Even working on the current banding using the engine size, for example the 4×4 need more petrol so will be paying more tax when they fill up at the pumps.

Why is this idea important?

Road Tax To Be Put On Petrol

No one will be able to avoid not paying Road Tax any more as the people need petrol to run their cars. 

Even working on the current banding using the engine size, for example the 4×4 need more petrol so will be paying more tax when they fill up at the pumps.

Ease planning permission for large offshore wind farms

Energy can be clean and cheap, global warming could be fought, but only with large off shore wind trubines. Those living by the sea who complain about the developments currently have a voice of there own, but i think the government needs to be the voice of the future generations of britons who would rather not live in a world ravaged by global warming. We need to stop the NIMBY's from ruining this countrys future, we need to start building off shore wind turbines as fast as we can.

We need to reduce the bureaucracy slowing down installation of large off shore wind turbines.

Why is this idea important?

Energy can be clean and cheap, global warming could be fought, but only with large off shore wind trubines. Those living by the sea who complain about the developments currently have a voice of there own, but i think the government needs to be the voice of the future generations of britons who would rather not live in a world ravaged by global warming. We need to stop the NIMBY's from ruining this countrys future, we need to start building off shore wind turbines as fast as we can.

We need to reduce the bureaucracy slowing down installation of large off shore wind turbines.

Legalise cannabis for 18 year olds and over

Quite simply, the many arguments in favour outweigh those against.  In these austere times in particular  the government could do with the revenue, which could be used to help offset the disadvantages. 

Make available on prescription first, print health warnings on packets when it is sold in the shops.  As it can be eaten, Waitrose could make it available in cakes with no risk of adverse effects from smoking. 

It should be well regulated, though.  Highly concentrated strains should perhaps not be available or allowed to be grown. The very fact that drugs are demonised, when they patently carry benefits, sends a confusing message.  A more civilised, sophisticated approach to them is needed.

Why is this idea important?

Quite simply, the many arguments in favour outweigh those against.  In these austere times in particular  the government could do with the revenue, which could be used to help offset the disadvantages. 

Make available on prescription first, print health warnings on packets when it is sold in the shops.  As it can be eaten, Waitrose could make it available in cakes with no risk of adverse effects from smoking. 

It should be well regulated, though.  Highly concentrated strains should perhaps not be available or allowed to be grown. The very fact that drugs are demonised, when they patently carry benefits, sends a confusing message.  A more civilised, sophisticated approach to them is needed.