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How should road tax be spent?Back

Although it’s a ruling that has existed for 75 years since the days of Winston Churchill’s reign, people still get confused about road tax and what it gets spent on, so the Trusted Dealers have decided to put the record straight.

The road tax we pay goes directly to the Government who then decide on how the money will be spent – it is not spent on all things road related as some of us might think. In fact, the dedication of tax for a specific expenditure purpose is very rare – the only exception we can think of is the TV licence fee which is a very unique machine, providing funds that are specifically put back into the growth of the BBC.

Many of us are also under the illusion that although we pay a lot in road tax, not much of it actually goes to the areas that matter. Many motoring campaigns centre their arguments on the fact that only a fraction of the money we pay in road tax is spent on improving the condition of Britain’s roads, but in all fairness, road tax is not actually a fund which is set up to repair roads and build new ones, it is money that, like most other taxes, goes straight into the national pot.

But if road tax did exist in the form which some of us believe it should – just what would we most like to spend it on? I think that the majority of motorists would be more than happy to see the state of Britain’s roads improved, in particular the pothole crisis which has recently loomed its ugly head yet again.

In response to further government spending cuts in November 2012, the Local Government Association (LGA) predicted that further reductions in its road maintenance would leave the UK riddled with potholed highways which they feared could cause serious damage to the road network, not to mention the damage to people’s cars.

Other areas where we feel that road tax could be of great benefit would be to widen dual carriageways to prevent the build up of traffic at peak times throughout the day. It would also be great if some money could be put into improving the UK’s motorway network – then we wouldn’t have to spend hundreds of wasted hours a year sat in traffic jams or crawling along motorways.

How would you like to see Britain’s road tax get spent? Why not share your thoughts with us below.

Posted by Leana Kell on 09/01/2013