Road tax take three times spending

The Department for Transport has revealed that the Government takes over three times more on motoring taxes than is spent on roads.

Around £27 billion was raised in fuel taxes in 2010, with around £5 billion coming from vehicle excise duty (VED). But just under £5.7 billion went on local roads and £3.75 billion on national roads.

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Total public spending on UK transport came to £22.9 billion in 2010/11, including public corporations' capital spending.

The department's figures for 2010/11 also reveal that £7.6 billion was spent on railways and £4.9 billion on public transport locally.

VED nearly doubled between 1987 and 2010 and the fuel duty revenue increase more than tripled in that time.

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