I have a number of things to say, since RiotAct has helped me in various ways I thought a little content return may be in order. Therefore I will be posting semi-regular threads with the above heading ‘Here’s an idea…..XYZ – to stay in theme.
I don’t think this idea is new at all but thought I’d post it up to see if this is something that may work in Australia however in a nutshell, would people pay more for a litre of fuel if they didn’t have to pay an annual registration/3rd party cost and at what point does this become unattractive?
At the moment, there is different costs involved across all states of Aus for the same car. How much it costs to register a Toyota Corolla in Canberra is different to NSW, WA and so on. Granted, some of this comes down to the insurance component and in some area’s this is higher for a variety of reasons.
If you take 2 Corolla owners (or any car you can decide) one person drives 5000kms annually whilst another drives 50,000kms. Should the person doing less kms REALLY have to pay the same insurance costs when they are on the road for 1/10 of the time of the 2nd driver?
Obviously the 50,000km/year example is putting themselves at greater risk of an accident simply by spending so much time on the road, they also contribute to more wear and tear on the road system yet both pay the same costs.
Could we abolish the car registration/insurance process and add the cost of insurance and registration to the price of a litre of fuel? I know fuel already SEEMS expensive and I can hear people moaning at my idea already if it means fuel now costs $2/litre but I can see many benefits for this.
Pensioners, students or the disadvantaged, who perhaps do little driving but still require transport, are more likely to be able to own their own/afford to operate a car. It also means since cars need fuel to operate that a car CAN’T be driven without insurance/rego being paid for. For my thinking this is a huge plus. It won’t take away unlicenced (therefore uninsured) drivers away however it would stop cars being driven unregistered which from all Police reports, seems to happen too often enough.
Would this scheme cover the ‘Mullys’ in the world? Under this new scheme, the stolen car has fuel in it therefore insurance, but the car is stolen (by a licenced driver or not…) so what then?
We are hearing news about a Carbon tax or ETS and this might be something that is actually good for the planet. Whilst it’s obvious that there is such a thing as ‘Climate Change’ it’s my personal belief that this is a continuous cycle and humans to some degree have contributed to this process *potentially* occuring faster, how much faster I guess we don’t really know but I digress…..
Such an addition of any ETS SHOULD include a thorough review of the current taxation system. Whilst we’re reviewing an ETS, tax why not vehicle/household annual fee’s at the same time? It almost should be called a ‘Review of living costs’ as much as anything.
An ETS may well cover the use of cars for individuals anyway and could even be rolled into the cost of fuel as per current taxes/excises. One point is that a review would need to be comprehensive enough to include these items but also work so that for the Pensioner, student etc it is cheaper (VS now) and for those who drive more it costs slightly more.
A very important aspect of this would be a tax review and cost of living. If a household is given carbon credits they could use it to offset other costs, but these could be brought under one umbrella like your rates perhaps?
I’d like to see more alternative fueled cars, but if you’re not buying fuel you wouldn’t have insurance etc!
So again, if costs were rolled into the household rates then by driving electric you could further drive reductions to your environmental impact.
What about a stolen electric/hybrid vehicle?
So you can see I’m not really certain how certain aspects would work but there should be an incentive for people to drive less OR perhaps take up a clean source since cars are already heading that way.
There will be the blindingly obvious I have missed and perhaps it’s just not workable however I’d like to see what others think about this and whether it could work here. Heck lets even throw some suggestions out there as to the actual price of fuel if it were to include these costs?