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RAC Report on Motoring 2004: consumers support fuel tax

Motorists would back putting all of the £42 billion they currently pay in tax onto fuel, scrapping the tax disc and abandoning plans for future road user charging, according to the RAC's latest annual Report on Motoring. The 2004 report says:

- 38% of motorists consider the tax disc to be wholly outdated, with the majority stating that it makes the system easy to cheat - 54% oppose the use of satellite tracking for road charging in respect of passenger cars. Even if complete confidentiality was guaranteed, only 32% would support its introduction - Suggestions for a daily road user charge onto which tax would be added would be opposed by 71% of motorists

Despite apparent willingness to pay tax on fuel, the RAC's report shows that only 54% of motorists are confident that they know how much their annual fuel bill totals. In reality, the RAC says, the average motorist spends £964 per annum on fuel.

The RAC Report shows that even if motoring costs and taxes were increased by £1,500 per annum, only 30% of drivers would definitely switch to alternative transport, so fuel would have to almost double in price to get commuters out of their cars.

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