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Green taxes must benefit sustainable transport

7 July 2011
Responding to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report, Budget 2011 and environmental taxes, Campaign for Better Transport’s sustainable transport campaigner Sian Berry, said:

“Green taxes should be fair and using them to protect our environment ensures they benefit everyone. A decade ago Gordon Brown promised that future increases in fuel duty would be ring-fenced for modernising transport. Unfortunately this was never put into effect. The coalition Government should learn from this and commit to using increases in revenue from fuel duty as part of a wider package of measures to provide real choices in transport. The Government should be helping people to switch away from environmentally damaging behaviour, but by actively raising train fares and cutting support for bus services, the Government is doing exactly the opposite.”

A poll by the Green Fiscal Commission showed that while 51 per cent of people supported green taxes, this rose to 73 per cent where revenue was hypothecated towards reducing CO2 emissions.

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).