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7.1 The cost of driving and the tax burden

Stripping out the effect of depreciation, motorists estimate their car costs them £1,835 a year to run in 2009. Of this £1,835, motorists believe some two thirds is paid in tax to the Government.

The majority of motorists are aware that a large proportion of the motoring taxes they pay is spent elsewhere and not on transport projects. However, according to a recent RAC report on tax, congestion and the road network, only 5% of motorists say they trust their motoring taxes will be appropriately used and 89% would like greater clarity on where these taxes are actually spent.

7.2 Tax spend

7.0 Motorists, taxation and cost