Tax air fuel to fund cheap rail travel

Encourage people not to fly by providing cheap rail fare incentives. We pay more than most European countries for train fares at present. 

We could also tax frequent fliers and have a maximum annual air mileage allowance for each individual. There could be a detailed application system for special exemptions.

Why the contribution is important

If we are serious about reducing plane emissions this would be a simple and essential solution. 

by Simon on October 24, 2020 at 08:11PM

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  • Posted by Naomiw October 25, 2020 at 22:42

    At present it can often cost more to travel by train than to fly. This cannot be allowed to go on. Travelling by bus / train should always be the cheapest option. The price of air travel should reflect its true costs and be heavily taxed. Domestic flights should be banned unless exceptional circumstances. Advertisements promoting flights to holiday destinations should be banned. Carbon credit scheme where those choosing to fly more frequently can purchase carbon credits from those choosing not to fly.
  • Posted by me October 26, 2020 at 07:55

    And don't build any more airports!
    Don't bail out the airlines
  • Posted by DeclanM October 26, 2020 at 14:09

    Is there anything we could do about car parking at airports? In Edinburgh you now can't drive to Waverley which is great. Imagine if we could remove all private car parking at airports and only allow access by bus, tram, train, foot or wheels.
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