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7.0 Motorists, taxation and cost

The cost of motoring is of huge concern. According to the RAC Cost of Motoring Index 2008*, the average overall cost of keeping a car on the road had risen to £6,133 - a staggering 19% increase from 2007. Part of this is cost of fuel, but depreciation had also increased by 35% over the previous year. Motorists believe they are seen as an easy target for raising revenue - and they do not appreciate this.

* Figures are based on the running costs and depreciation value of a suite of 17 cars that are mathematically weighted to be representative of the numbers of those type of cars sold in Britain

7.1 The cost of driving and the tax burden

6.8 Drink-driving