Rethink width, emissions tax, says GMTA

‘TINKERING’ with controversial width and emission tax proposals is not an option, the motor trade warned yesterday as it called for a radical rethink of Guernsey’s transport strategy.

dave beausire

Both the Guernsey Motor Trades Association and the Enough is Enough campaign are organising protests outside the States before next month’s debate, despite the pledge from the Environment board to amend its proposals.

GMTA president Dave Beausire, pictured, said that amending the figures for first-registration duty, which is based on carbon dioxide emissions and overall width, at such a late stage was a flawed option.

‘How can you tinker with something you have stood by religiously for this amount of time?’ he said.

‘For me, you either go for it or have the guts to say I have made a mistake and go back to the drawing board.’

Comments for: "Rethink width, emissions tax, says GMTA"


"Rethink width, emissions tax", says EVERYBODY!


Should be thrown out completely as it has nothing to do with Co2 emissions etc (as has been proved that emissions are down by 19% that's 12% more than the recommended target, without forcing people what to drive) and is nothing more than a ridiculous tax to fund a 'free' bus service which is unnecessary when £1 is a reasonable price to pay and is free to OAPs, firstly what is actually needed is a viable bus service that is suitable for people to use, routes, times etc then maybe more would use it.

Having a 'free' bus service won't get cyclists, walkers etc onto the buses as that's also a matter of choice for them.



You make a valid point about the bus service not having to be free, but it needs to be cheaper than the equivalent car journey to start to encourage use, maybe 20p/50p.

I do most of my commutes by bicycle but am not in favour of any width tax, instead the extra tax should be put on fuel to ensure a fair 'user pays' system rather than penalising people for buying newer (more fuel-efficient) cars or people like myself and my wife who only drive a few miles a month but would be faced with the same motor tax as a 200-mile a month commuter.

Matt Fallaize


Such fares would raise circa £250,000 to £500,000 a year, i.e. around the sum which Environment unwisely tried to cut out of the subsidy three or four years ago. Operating a reliable, frequent bus service on the 'user pays' principle advocated by some deputies would require bus fares in the region of £5 per journey.


We should not over tax and use the Islanders hard earned money for small minority groups to social engineer.

The 8 million for a free bus service is doomed to failure and will be thrown away like the 2.6 million loss.

The buses are going around the Island night and day with only a few passengers on board, poluting the enviroment. It would be a joke apart from how much cost, this is to the abused taxpayer.

Times, they are a changing and even John Gollop should not have a free ride but pay the full cost like all of us.

The price of bacon rolls may have gone up, but not my fault.

Bill Maguire

Perhaps some bright spark can work out how much it would cost if the buses were sent O'Tooles & the bus punters simply picked up a phone & called a cab & Environment pick up the tab?



It is not over-taxing but a deterrent for people to whizz round in their polluting vehicles all day. If there are other cheaper, viable means of transport then these are more likely to be used, so reducing congestion and pollution. It is not right that a journey from the Bridge into Town costs £1 by bus, but only a few pence in the car.

If we were really to 'over-tax' fuel, I'd stick an extra 50p per litre and spend the vast profits on better cycle lanes ;-)

Andy Evans

Regressive Taxes are unfair so they had better rethink these daft strategies as the internet has woken the electorate up.


I see that oil prices have gone down in Guernsey so why have petrol prices not gone down too? Is somebody creaming it off so to speak.

Dave Haslam

I'm glad that you have mentioned this Mark, but lets have some more meat on the bones.

Crude oil prices have dropped by 25% this year, that's a QUARTER. Could we get someone from GMTA on here to explain why prices at the pumps aren't reflecting that?? Or are you too busy getting your new Range Rovers ordered with the extra profit just in case the new tax comes in??

After-all, you have the islands best interests at heart here right?? Right??

Matt Fallaize


Only last week I wrote to the Commerce & Employment Department asking them to investigate this matter. It would be very beneficial to consumers if we could understand better what proportion of the price at the pump represents duty, what proportion represents wholesale and import costs, what proportion represents the retail margin etc.



Whilst Crude prices have dropped off, but so has the value of Sterling against the US Dollar. When you take into account the amount of duty in the local fuel price and the currency offset, that explains why we haven't seen sharper falls at the pump.

Also petrol prices are dependant on the refining rate and sometimes this can take a little while to feed through.....

Dave Beausire


I have spoken with C & E on this matter and will be meeting with them to clear up this ongoing issue that retailers are making large profits on fuel. Happy to discuss it with you anytime.

Dave Beausire

Writing with my GMTA hat on whilst crude has dropped globally the wholesale price we (the fuel retailer) pay has reduced by just over 7p per litre since mid-August.

We then saw a 3p per litre increase in the budget, so true wholesale reduction to us has come down by 4p.

I have reflected that in the price on my site, but as the GMTA have no influence, neither should they have on other forecourts it does seem the majority have passed it on.

Oh my gache

Does the proposed emissions tax include hot air?

If so the deputies could self fund the whole scheme.


I think that some garages are slow to drop the price when they do "feed Through"

but sharp as nails when it goes up.