Thats what narks me- Public transport. If there was a viable alternative people would surely use it rather than be stuck in a car for three hours a day? Its just a constant barage of levies, charges, taxes for the 'luxury' of personal transport.
There are just 21 spaces in our local train station car park and no disabled (or pushchair) access southbound (ie. to Newcastle), the buses cannot get to it because there is no where for them to turn round, so no link up with other forms of public transport. When you do get to the station the train times do not work with timings at the other end. Its a bloody joke! If they want us to give up cars they have to provide us with an alternative, not more taxation.
I now cycle to work and around town now and only use the car for business trips away and the odd jolly. Now that would be a good thing for everyone- good exercise for the fatties
So then, why doesn't the government remove VAT on bikes and bike parts? Or even reward employees who cycle to work with tax breaks? i know you can get money off a bike through your employer, but wouldn't it be nice to see more money in your pocket of the trousers that are now two sizes smaller?