Motorists hit hard

MOTORISTS in Northumberland are some of the hardest hit by high rates of fuel and vehicle excise duty, research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed.

The TPA has shown how excessive motoring taxes affect drivers in urban, suburban and rural areas very differently.

Using census data, it has been revealed that despite motoring taxes being set nationally, they affect motorists in each local authority area in very different ways.

In the Northumberland County Council area, excess motoring taxes are £446 per person, compared to £196 in Newcastle.

The TPs study also shows that motorists are paying almost £300 a year in taxes which aren’t being invested in roads.

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TPA, said: “Families in the suburbs and rural areas suffer the most as driving is so often essential outside city centres. Everything from driving to work, to going to the shops, to getting the kids to school is made much more expensive and that squeezes the budgets of people struggling enough with other pressures on their finances.”