At its States Meeting to be held this week, the States are to consider a proposal to proceed with investigation of a ‘distance charging mechanism’ for motor vehicles on Guernsey’s roads.
In our survey, which concluded on Monday, 2020 members voted overwhelmingly (41%) to develop a holistic approach to energy, transport and revenue (which was the suggestion of the 2020 Association) whereas only 13% wanted the P&R preferred choice to investigate a distance charging mechanism. Results were as follows:
After consideration of the policy letter entitled ‘Taxation of Motoring’ dated 23rd May, 2019 States Members are asked to decide: “To agree, in principle, that a distance charging mechanism should be introduced as soon as possible and direct the Policy & Resources Committee to report back to the States with detailed proposals to introduce a distance charging mechanism.”Our members say ‘NO’, overwhelmingly.
The 2020 Association has formulated general principles and objectives which it intends to expand into a core manifesto to be presented before the 2020 Election. We will lend our support to candidates for the States who subscribe to our approach and aims.
We aim to:
Bring into the States a cohesive group of politicians, who are both of demonstrated capability, and willing to act sensibly but decisively and to avoid procrastination and habitual recourse to expensive consultants, drawing on on-island expertise wherever practicable.
Invest in the infrastructure of the island to support economic growth, and establish a framework of reliable and reasonably affordable transport links to meet the needs and wishes of islanders, of business and of tourism.
Encourage and support the finance industry, especially world-beating green finance, and encourage new businesses, with a culture of positivity towards initiatives.
Promote “small” government, by reducing red tape, and regulation, and promoting “joined up thinking” across the States and the Civil Service.
Acknowledge the value of Open Market residents and use their skills; cautiously relax, and if necessary suspend, over-rigid Population Management rules.
Cut waste and pollution, in particular by reducing non-degradable plastics.
Promote greater use of public transport, reduce transport dependency on hydrocarbons, and move firmly towards environmentally sustainable energy sources.
Strive to ensure a decent and uniformly available standard of primary and secondary health care, and a basic sufficient standard of living, for all.
Pursue the alleviation of real in-work poverty, and recognise the priority that should be given to the well-being of our poorer islanders.
Review the conduct of States Assembly business, promoting focus and efficiency by limiting speeches and timing meetings so as to enable participation, as Deputies, by persons in full time employment.
Respect broad public opinion, considering pressure from single issue groups with caution and objectivity.
Introduce a Freedom of Information Law.
Restore more local functions to the Douzaines, including enabling their input as to decisions on planning control, whilst enhancing their accountability.
Support the Colleges in providing further and adult education, and monitor the secondary education system to ensure that it best provides the skills, academic and technical training to equip all our young people for success in adult life.
Ensure that tax is imposed fairly and reasonably as regards all strata of society, and that Guernsey retains its attractive and enterprise-encouraging character as a low tax regime, with no introduction of stealth taxes.