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Cornish Drivers Paying Through the Nozzle

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 11th November 2011.

It is claimed every driver in Cornwall is being milked for more than £370 a year that is never spent on our roads.

The Taxpayers' Alliance says a big chunk of motoring taxes just ends up going to the government.

Nationally, the organisation says £31.5 billion is raised every year but only £13.4 billion gets reinvested in roads or the environment.

The amount drivers are handing over around the country varies because of unequal investment in transport. So, while people in Cornwall are paying £373 a head a year, people in the City of London actually 'proft' by £95 because they are paying less than is ploughed back into the transport network.

Emma Boon from the Taxpayers Alliance said, "Politicians sitting in Westminster - it's easy for them to forget how much people living in rural areas, down in the southwest of England, might need to drive their cars. About 60% of the cost of a tank of fuel at the moment is tax. That is an absolutely huge amount. We are paying in the UK some of the highest rates of fuel duty in the world."

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