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"Tax Aviation Fuel", demands Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat Councillor

July 11, 2022 5:42 PM
Bus in Tring Arriva 500Liberal Democrat Councillor Nick Hollinghurst who represents the Tring West & Rural Ward on Dacorum Borough Council says,

"It's good to have air travel accessible to the many - unlike 40 years ago when it was really only for the wealthy few."

"But now we are more aware of the dangers of uncontrolled climate change."

"And actually, air travel is subsidised by nearly every government in the world - insofar as aviation fuel is untaxed nearly everywhere, while fuel for other modes of transport usually is not."

"This secret subsidy is not longer either appropriate or justified."

Councillor Hollinghurst is suggesting a small, 'earmarked' tax on aviation fuel to incentivise

* fuel saving,
* reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and
* cutting out air pollution from unburned fuel

The revenue is then 'earmarked' to be used by governments to offset public transport costs in their countries and encourage a shift from inefficient private cars to affordable and accessible trains and buses.

Councillor Hollinghurst concluded,
"This is certainly not a new idea, but with air transport fuel being tax-free word-wide no country wanted to be first to introduce this. But now, I suggest we have little choice but to take the Climate Emergency seriously and for measures like these their time has come."

"We've all seen the disasters that have hit Australia and the USA - when Ashridge, Epping Forest and the Yorshire Moors have gone up in smoke and London's hit by flooding it will all be rather too late!"