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‘Make polluters pay their fair share,’ say rail companies

Air Quality

07 September 2020
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions for the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Rail is already an environmentally friendly way to travel and a fairer playing field on tax combined with reform of fares regulations could see trains play an even bigger role in helping Britain to go green.”
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions for the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Rail is already an environmentally friendly way to travel and a fairer playing field on tax combined with reform of fares regulations could see trains play an even bigger role in helping Britain to go green.”

 

Train companies have called for a shake-up in transport tax policy to create a level green playing field where levies reflect how damaging a mode of transport is to the environment.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said shifting the tax burden to modes such as air travel would enable Britain to build back better by encouraging a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under current arrangements, fuel for passenger aircraft is exempt from tax whereas rail companies have seen levies on...

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