Motor Taxes and the Roads.
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Mr. Austell Chamberlain's statement in the House of Commons recently, on the subject of the restoration of the proceeds of petrol and 'motor taxation to road improvement purposes, is regarded with satisfaction by the Moto x Legislation. Committee. The Chandelier of the Exchequer agreed that this special taxation should again be earmarked for the "upkeep and development of roads" and disclaimed any intentiofi of diverting it permanently "to any other purpose whetever." It is hoped that the matter will be dealt with in the next Budget an the' lines indicated. Road users will welcome Mr. Chamberlain's/ statement because it will enable highway authorities to plan mad improvement programmes extending 'over several years, with the certainty of
financial aid from State funds. This aspect of the question was specially emphasized by Mr. W. Jeynson-Hicks, M.P., chairman of the Motor Legislation Committee, when a deputation from that body waited upon the Chancellor a week or two ago.