Chancellor George Osborne has delighted motorists by promising that a tiny fraction of the millions of pounds raised through car tax will be spent on road maintenance before the end of 2015. In a statement, the Treasury explained that the scrapping of car tax discs announced by Mr Osborne in the Autumn Budget statement will allow it to ‘splash the cash’ on a particularly troublesome puddle near Maidenhead.
The funds for performing the repair will come from the saving of tax disc printing and administration costs at the DVLA. It is understood that the revolutionary idea of using income from car tax to address wear and tear on Britain’s roads was inspired by research into the reason that vehicle tax was originally introduced in 1888. Coincidentally, government records of that year contain the last recorded filling-in of a pot-hole.
An AA spokesman welcomed the announcement but said it paled into insignificance compared to the major benefit of scrapping paper tax discs. ‘No-one should under-estimate what a huge positive effect this will have on the morale of the nation’s motorists,’ he said. ‘Nobody will ever suffer the frustration of accidentally ripping their tax discs on trying to tear along the perforations again.’