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Pay-by-the-mile road pricing plans are
DROPPED amid fears they could kill off
demand for electric vehicles

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Posted By: Ribicon, 10/16/2021 12:07:50 AM

Plans to introduce road pricing have been shelved amid fears the idea could kill off demand for electric vehicles. Boris Johnson will publish the Government's Net Zero strategy next week–which will include plans to shift away from petrol and diesel cars over the next decade. The Treasury has been examining proposals for the introduction of road pricing to replace the £30billion in lost fuel duty that will result from a move to electric vehicles. But Whitehall sources told the Daily Mail that the idea has been dropped. 'Road pricing is not happening,' said one source. 'There is an issue around revenues that will have to be addressed


The tax-per-mile proposal has been dropped… for now. And when there are no more gasoline-powered cars to be had, whammo, they'll pay like never before for the privilege of moving about. Sure, people are this stupid.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Schnapps 10/16/2021 12:19:02 AM (No. 947122)
One would think a shortage of electricity would also kill off demand for electric vehicles. Britain's Net Zero strategery is going to have to include a few nuclear power plants.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: GoodDeal 10/16/2021 12:49:04 AM (No. 947131)
It would kill off any possible chance of beating republicans in November next year.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Captleemo 10/16/2021 1:45:01 AM (No. 947147)
This is supposed to be a free market capitalist country but instead we now have politicians telling us what to buy. The push to eliminate fossil fuels and get everybody driving electric vehicles is going to be a huge disaster. The climate change issue is a huge scam and it has always been . If the elites can succeed in wiping out the middle class it will mean more resources for them and in my opinion that has always been their goal.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 10/16/2021 2:15:12 AM (No. 947151)
There is little demand for these ridiculous vehicles, even with massive subsidies. END the subsidies.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 10/16/2021 3:58:48 AM (No. 947176)
There is no demand to kill off for electric vehicles except from delusional governments, green weenies and manufacturers who have been conned into making aforementioned vehicles. If you can think beyond the end of your big toe you know that there is not enough electrical generation capacity anywhere in the world to keep them all running. I can't wait until Californians try to charge up their leaf blowers, lawn mowers and cars while their air conditioners are running for two hours a day.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 10/16/2021 5:51:30 AM (No. 947204)
You can't recharge your electric vehicle at a service station like you can when you fill up with gas. Recharging infrastructures are not there. Electric vehicles are fine if the infrastructure works as a gas station works. Right now they don't. BTW, you can't generate the amount of electricity required for wholesale electric transportation with windmills. Sorry AOC, your Green New Deal won't work.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: singermom9 10/16/2021 6:20:25 AM (No. 947220)
CA does not have enough electric to keep the lights on. How are they going to manage electric for cars? IDIOTS.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: F15 Gork 10/16/2021 6:20:52 AM (No. 947221)
There is a demand for electric cars? I did not know that.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: singermom9 10/16/2021 6:21:43 AM (No. 947222)
Love how the dems want to get rid of fossil fuels but do they know how electric is made-Coal. No coal no electric-IDIOTS.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney 10/16/2021 6:57:30 AM (No. 947240)
I like my gas powered car, the washing machines and dishwashers they made 30 years ago, and the electricity from natural gas. And I like bacon for breakfast.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: TruthFetish 10/16/2021 7:16:55 AM (No. 947261)
Electric cars have their merits, and on that alone, many would buy them. But without government subsidies, 3/4 of them would never sell. They would cost double. And even fewer would buy them. They're just not ready for the market. But then again, it would be a mistake to presume we have a market.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MickTurn 10/16/2021 9:19:52 AM (No. 947368)
Democraps never met a tax they didn't's called THEFT!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: petrichor 10/16/2021 9:41:07 AM (No. 947394)
The same logic that says people who use the roads should pay for the roads would end the taxation for education on people who don't have children. I'm not sure the Dems want to go there.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Muguy 10/16/2021 10:28:04 AM (No. 947453)
This tax-by-mile scheme was front and center in Pete Buttjudge's agenda when he was a candidate for JoeBamaBiteMe's job-- Speaking of electric cars--- the battery quality FADES AWAY over time as the lithium ages and will no longer hold a charge, and when fully charged with NEW lithium cells will only go a little over 300 miles before you are STUCK with a DEAD BATTERY! If you have a CELL PHONE you know what kind of panic begins to settle in when you get the warning your phone is about to be DEAD
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Reply 15 - Posted by: bad-hair 10/16/2021 10:45:35 AM (No. 947469)
Many commenters seem not to have noticed that this is a British article. Boris Johnson is not the president of the United States. That said ... FTA ... Polling of 3,000 people found 38 per cent now support using pricing as a replacement to existing road and fuel duties As in REPLACEMENT, not ON TOP OF
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Reply 16 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 10/16/2021 10:48:46 AM (No. 947475)
If electric cars have "merits," they're somewhat overwhelmed by the disadvantages - long charging times vs a short trip to the gas station; expensive batteries that will eventually have to be replaced at great cost vs a gas tank that never has to be replaced, just filled; not practical for long trips; definitely not practical for emergency vehicles, or work trucks; diminished battery performance in extreme cold or heat; to name a few. Right now, they have a "coolness" factor that appeals to the "early adopters" (well known to marketers) who need the newest, shiniest toy. Beyond that, the impracticalities will limit their appeal to the masses.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 10/16/2021 12:07:07 PM (No. 947580)
Well said, #16.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: lil dotty 10/16/2021 12:35:27 PM (No. 947606)
Electric cars lead to dead batteries, which is possibly worse (to some) than a dead government. This imbeciles holding college degrees have learned nothing over the years. . POWER TO THE PEOPLE. Get off our backs!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: udanja99 10/16/2021 1:22:12 PM (No. 947659)
I’m visiting my daughter in Virginia and went to the supermarket yesterday. Right in front of the store there is a special parking spot with a free charging station for electric cars. Why? Why does a coal burning vehicle get free power? Where’s my free gas? My car gets 38 mpg which is almost as good as a Prius. Some cars are more equal than others.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Deborah Grannet 10/16/2021 2:07:08 PM (No. 947696)
Ummmm... #15, I’m highly skeptical that there’s ever been a politician who kept a promise to REPLACE A TAX rather than ADD a tax.
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