just thinking before about the rising petrol costs and had an idea.
im thinking that realistically since theres speed cameras EVERYWHERE in victoria and raising a shit load of revenue, why cant the government subsidise the petrol back down to say 80-90 cents a litre. considering that almost half the price of petrol is government tax (or whatever but it goes to the government) i dont think it would hurt to give some back to the motorists after taking so much away from them.
the money 'lost' would, in government terms, be minimal and with more people being able to afford to fill there tanks and go for a drive there would be more chance of the speed cameras making up for the 'lost' revenue.
whats your thoughts on this?
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Petrol subsidising would be a great way to spend the revenue from cameras. I am a firm believer that any revenue generated from traffic offences should be put back into improving the roads, not the general budget for the goverment.
I voted no for 1 simple reason. As soon as this is incorporated the speed cameras would be here for ever. Basically what you would be doing is validating the governments stance of using speed cameras to generate revenue.
Guys (and gals), the speed cameras are a joke, they are proven to be inaccruate and are basically a government cash cow. Finally, after years of them stripping our pockets bare we are finally seeing some major steps forward in the total removal of these stealth tax collectors. Why on earth would we want to go and justify there existance by using the tax raised to subsidise what is already a grossly overtaxed substance. You are simply swapping one tax for another and giving the government what it wants..... a reason to keep these damn road side cash registers.
You make good point's there Shane, put's a different slant on it.
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Have to say I agree with Casper to some extent, however it would be nice to see cheaper petrol or some actual money being spent on roads outside the metropolitan area....
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