Bridge toll tax on ill health

Bridge toll tax on ill health

Bridge toll tax on ill health

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THE £2 toll for the use of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge for Warrington residents travelling to Halton Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in Runcorn is a tax on ill health.

I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty.

However I understand that the Government has insisted that the new Gateway Bridge is tolled but other communities have been able to secure discounts and concessions. I would like to see these concessions extended to all Warrington motorists.

If tolls are set to stay then the fee should be deducted from the already extortionate cost of parking. This would avoid the inevitable double penalty.

Philip Griffiths North West President UK Independence Party

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4:48pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

The right of Thatcher, uber-tories in UKIP would make cuts, including those related to infrastructure, that George Osborne would flinch at.

The result of this, should they ever get a sniff of real power, could be more tolls on bridge and roads, not less.

I wonder if Mr Griffiths supported his party's support for HS2 in the party's General Election manifesto.
The right of Thatcher, uber-tories in UKIP would make cuts, including those related to infrastructure, that George Osborne would flinch at. The result of this, should they ever get a sniff of real power, could be more tolls on bridge and roads, not less. I wonder if Mr Griffiths supported his party's support for HS2 in the party's General Election manifesto. Nick Tessla
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10:30am Thu 27 Feb 14

Melonfish says...

"I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty. "

This would be true had road tax not been abolished in 1937, roads are paid for through general taxation, i.e. council tax. your Vehicle Excise duty is a tax on the emissions generated by your car, not how much wear it causes on the road. As a member of a political party i would have assumed that you would be aware of your facts before writing angry letters.
"I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty. " This would be true had road tax not been abolished in 1937, roads are paid for through general taxation, i.e. council tax. your Vehicle Excise duty is a tax on the emissions generated by your car, not how much wear it causes on the road. As a member of a political party i would have assumed that you would be aware of your facts before writing angry letters. Melonfish
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

Melonfish wrote:
"I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty. "

This would be true had road tax not been abolished in 1937, roads are paid for through general taxation, i.e. council tax. your Vehicle Excise duty is a tax on the emissions generated by your car, not how much wear it causes on the road. As a member of a political party i would have assumed that you would be aware of your facts before writing angry letters.
Only to be expected - at the last local elections the local UKIP group's leaflets showed they didn't even know which party was in charge at Warrington Town Hall.
[quote][p][bold]Melonfish[/bold] wrote: "I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty. " This would be true had road tax not been abolished in 1937, roads are paid for through general taxation, i.e. council tax. your Vehicle Excise duty is a tax on the emissions generated by your car, not how much wear it causes on the road. As a member of a political party i would have assumed that you would be aware of your facts before writing angry letters.[/p][/quote]Only to be expected - at the last local elections the local UKIP group's leaflets showed they didn't even know which party was in charge at Warrington Town Hall. Nick Tessla
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