The minister’s illogical ideas on reducing

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From Michael Van Neste.

CONSTABLE Mike Jackson is considering taxing private car parking spaces in St Helier, in his capacity of Transport Minister, according to your headline story of 22 January.

This will result, he believes, in reducing traffic congestion. Entirely illogically, he does not propose to attempt to increase the cost of using public car parking spaces, because ‘that would hit the middle earners’. So there you have it. This is a tax on those deemed able to pay it and nothing to do with traffic congestion at all.

You do not have to make it more expensive (thereby hitting the middle earners) to reduce public car parking. You could just close the car parks. Simple as that – and it would certainly reduce traffic congestion. But that would not be a vote earner, would it?

Does the Constable seriously believe that taxing private spaces, occupied obviously by the higher earners he does not mind ‘hitting’, would result in one single space being unoccupied for one single day, ever?

He presumably imagines that high earners will travel to work by bus, while middle earners will continue to drive. Does he really think that captains of industry may travel to work on Le Petit Train? I just cannot stop laughing.

The minister is proposing a tax, pure and simple, on a discriminatory basis on those who contribute most to our economy. He has a difficult job. Let us hope he can do better than that.

Mont au Roux Lodge,

Rue des Mans,

St Brelade.

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