Pay Per Mile Driving

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2004 National Disabled Members' Conference
22 July 2004
Carried as Amended

Conference is concerned about the government’s plans to abolish road tax and petrol duty, charging motorists instead on a per mile basis to travel.

A driver or passenger entitled to the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance should be exempt from any new charges. Pay per mile driving could be particularly detrimental to disabled women as they already experience relative poverty as a result of unequal pay, the additional cost of disability and the social expectation of responsibility upon women to be the primary carer of their children, especially where those children are themselves disabled.

We call upon the National Disabled Members’ Committee to work with the Labour Link to ensure these disabled motorists do not lose out financially if these proposals become reality.