Well this has nothing to do with WW but maybe of interest to the U.K dwellers of the forum. Voice your views and give em hell. http://www.dvla.gov.uk/public/consult/driver_fee/df_summary.htm This is another bright idea from our goverment in hitting the U.K. driver. A yearly fee for owning a vehicle. What will they hit us with next.
You want to talk about Vehicle registration fees and license fees ... ? Look at what we have to deal with in the USA……………DMV.ORG
You don't have those in the UK? You lucky dog...
Now that there are hybrid cars in the US with much better gas mileage they are considering putting devices in cars to track how many miles you drive via GPS satellite so that they can tax you per driven mile... See the state governments need to recouperate the Gas taxes they are loosing when people don't need to buy as much gasoline! So much for making hybrids attractive!
Yes this is happening in several states right now...If you have acrobat reader you can look at Oregon's outline of their plan that rolls out in three months... http://www.odot.state.or.us/ruftf/pdfs/04may14impPlan.pdf
Looks more like a mirror image of what we have over here. Your smog tests we have in our MOT which is yearly and subject to tax (VAT), Road tax to pay which is yearly, insurance which is yearly and we pay tax on that as well, Tax on new car purchases plus VAT. Tax on our fuel in fact 75% of what we pay at the pump is tax. If they bring in this yearly fee then a lot of poorer areas are going to feel it more. The transport industry here is taxed to the hilt and by the looks of things it's about to get worse. I almost forgot some of the roads are toll roads now. Oh and there's congestion tax in certain inner city areas. The people who have vehicles stored that are undergoing restoration are going to be hit. They'll be paying for a vehicle they can't use until it's complete. If anything a lot of classic cars and bikes maybe hit the hardest as no one will was to pay for a car they can't use or only use a couple of months through the year. Same old story with our goverment. They hit the motorist first then the wage earner. Looks like it could be an expensive year next year. There's a saying over here which goes: The rich get richer and the poor stay the same. :mad:
A useless bit of info for people here. Did you know it's cheaper to run an American car over here than something made in say japan or europe? Daft but true. You can run a vehicle with say a 6 litre engine for the same price as someone running a 1.6. Only difference is how much fuel the two use and how much to insure. The american car is cheaper to insure than something say from japan or europe.
Queeg - thats very discomforting to see that .pdf! Big brother anyone!
here it's pretty much straight forward...
you must have (not needed to show) proof of insurance. registration is based on weight: 0-1000 kg $115.00/2 yrs 1001-1500 kg $142.00/2 yrs 1501-3200 kg $178.00/2 yrs anything over 3200 kgs is considered a commercial vehicle, and they can be registered for 3-12 mths at a time. (beaucoup $$) transfer ownership is $10.65-taxes on vehicle due upon transfer of title
plus we have different prices for specialty plates (ie: vetarens plates, conservation plates, personalized plates)
and like you AE, only 2% of the price of gas at the pumps is profit, the bulk being taxes (and a tax on the tax) with some of it going to refinement costs. currently, the price here is 91.9 cents/ltr
Capt. Queegthey are considering putting devices in cars to track how many miles you drive
Aaauugghhh! :uhoh: A second great (though fictional) example for my following statement: the movie I Robot These are reasons why I will always, always, always own a vintage motorcycle - no matter how cool motor vehicle technology becomes, or if they offer computer controlled fusion cars for $100, I will always own a vintage, gasoline burning bike that they will not tamper with and that I can ride when all else fails! :cool:
An Oldtyme Rush FanThese are reasons why I will always, always, always own a vintage motorcycle - no matter how cool motor vehicle technology becomes, or if they offer computer controlled fusion cars for $100, I will always own a vintage, gasoline burning bike that they will not tamper with and that I can ride when all else fails!
hehe Careful there Preacher, your Rush roots are showing! - My uncle has a country place that no one knows about. He says it used to be a farm before the Motor Law. And on Sundays I elude the eyes and hop the Turbine Freight to far outside the Wire where my white-haired uncle waits.
Jump to the ground as the turbo slows to cross the borderline. Run like the wind as excitement shivers up and down my spine. Down in his barn, my uncle preserved for me an old machine, for fifty-odd years. To keep it as new has been his dearest dream.
I strip away the old debris that hides a shining car. A brilliant red Barchetta from a better, vanished time. I fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar. Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime.
Wind in my hair, shifting and drifting, mechanical music adrenaline surge.
Well-weathered leather, hot metal and oil, the scented country air, sunlight on chrome, the blur of the landscape, every nerve aware.
Suddenly ahead of me, across the mountainside, a gleaming alloy air-car shoots towards me, two lanes wide. I spin around with shrieking tires, to run the deadly race, go screaming through the valley as another joins the chase.
Drive like the wind, straining the limits of machine and man. Laughing out loud with fear and hope, I've got a desperate plan. At the one-lane bridge I leave the giants stranded at the riverside. Race back to the farm, to dream with my uncle at the fireside. Red Barchetta - Rush
Hahahaha! Thanks Queeg, I have not listened to that song for too long. Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about!!! :)