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Milked by the Mile.

Posted by Big John on December 1, 2006

I’m old enough to remember when parking meters were introduced into this country, and at the time we were told that the money raised would be used to provide ‘off street’ parking in our cities …

…  It never happened !

Now an official report, prepared for Chancellor Gordon ‘stealth tax’ Brown, proposes ‘pay-as-you-go’ road charges and says that the money raised should be used to pay for better bus and rail services …

…  Oh, No it won’t !

In the not too distant future our cars will be fitted with little black boxes which will enable our every move to be tracked by a satellite. Then a few days later a bill will drop through our letter boxes demanding that we pay for the hours spent crawling round the M25 until we reached the Dartford Crossing, where we threw our coins into the auto-toll basket for the privilage of queueing to cross the river Thames.

When they built the Dartford Tunnel and the Queen Elizabeth Bridge it was promised that the £1 toll for cars would be imposed only until the building costs had been recovered …

…   They Lied !

Not only did they lie but the Government is now proposing to increase the tolls for a car to £1.50.

The new study argues that charging motorists by the mile will help to cut congestion and harmful carbon emissions. So it’s all to do with the environment then …

…   No it’s not !  

It’s all about pouring more and more cash into the Treasury’s own ‘auto-toll basket’, which will swallow it like some …

…     big black bottomless pit !  

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5 Responses to “Milked by the Mile.”

  1. Longrider said

    Ah, thee and me both… 😉

  2. Betty said

    John, there is a Duncan Parking Meter factory in my town, but not a parking meter on the streets. We took them all out, and it made the company mad.

    Our government, too, makes up reasons to further tax us, and then nothing happens.

  3. Ginnie said

    These big governments (yours and ours) just keeping digging the hole bigger and bigger and one day we’re all going to fall in and won’t have to worry about anything anymore.

  4. Maria said

    You sound like every big city American. Same problems here and same lies, too. I loved Betty’s comment about living in a town with a factory that makes parking meters and refusing to have meters in the town. Now that is spunky!

  5. Terri said

    It certainly sounds like the same here and they DO all lie.
    I can’t get over how many tolls we paid on our road trip to Boston recently along the highways. And I also wondered why the roads were littered with pot holes. What on earth DOES that money pay for?

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