Travel Costs

The Government are working hard to get everyone out of their cars and onto public transportation. They have raised the road tax on most family cars, based on carbon emissions. When it was announced in the Budget, it was made to sound like it was prospective – applying to cars manufactured from now on and encouraging new car buyers to choose more enviro-friendly models. Instead it has been made retrospective – it applies to all cars from 2001. That means anyone who bought the “wrong” car in the last seven years will now be penalised by about £245 ($500) a year.

But if you want to save money by getting out of your car, you will have to pay for the train. Of course unless your train starts at your station, you may very well have to stand for the entire journey. After all, a train ticket does not guarantee a seat, but only agrees to carriage – that the train will be going to the destination.

You also have to be careful where you stand on the train. Nichola Myhill found out that even if every breathable standing space is taken in the second class carriages, and next to the toilets between the carriages, do not stand in the luggage area just inside first class. There is no excuse for first class passengers to be soiled by the relative proximity of the cattle class. They shouldn’t have to bear with the commoners standing next to their first class luggage.

Nicola may pay £4,000 per year for a season ticket, but that doesn’t give her the right or priviledge of standing inside first class, next to rows of empty seats. She was duly fined £69 ($140) on the spot for such outrageous behaviour. (The fine is calculated as twice the cost of the first class ticket.) If she can’t squeeze into the toilet area, she just has to miss work.

This story was carried in several national newspapers. In the comments section to one, a reader proposed a logical solution: “Perhaps we should open up the roof like they do in other third-world countries?”

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One Response to “Travel Costs”

  1. John of Indiana Says:

    I’m still trying to make up my mind what would be worse, the Government trying to push use of public transportation (which is a JOKE in this country) or “The Market” enforcing reduced auto usage, less food consumption, and hardening our soft constitutions by making us huddle around our big-screen Teee-Veee for warmth in the Winter…

    I wonder if the Walton Kidz have broken it to Shrubbie yet that his $600 WalMart gift certificates aren’t going to be spent at WalMart…
    I love our totally clueless Media here, too. In one story they will report on how the price of everything but the Sweat of Our Brows is going up, then lament in the next story about how nobody in the Middle Class is saving.
    Has it occurred to anyone to buy some more coaches and put on extra trains?


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