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When politicians think up a new policy, do they ever consider the probable consequences of their innovations ?    First we have the example of the scrapping of the vehicle tax disc, which has evidently resulted in a tripling of tax evasion and the loss of £millions to the Treasury.  Then we have the imposition of a tax on cheap alcoholic drinks by the Scottish Gov; surely a no brainer to assume the Jocks will start loading up in England or distilling their own illegally ?      :ph34r:

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I don't see how the scrapping of a paper disc has led to the loss of millions. Surely if someone wants to avoid paying road tax they will do anyway? ANPR has led to the number of people caught for no-payment of tax and insurance rising.

As for whether politicians think through the consequences of their policies the answer is obviously never.

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Think they were relying on number plate recognition systems Asp; which don't appear to be working; the old fashioned human eye seems to be a surer way of displaying payment. Mind you, there's a question mark nowadays over who's paid for insurance or who even holds a licence.       :ph34r:

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But whose human eye are you talking about Obs? It's very rarely you see a bobby out of his patrol car these days, while the same patrol cars have ANPR with which they can check on the tax and insurance status of any car.

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2 hours ago, observer said:

Well there's those traffic wardens for a start.     :ph34r:

Who work what - 8am to 5pm and 5 or 6 days a week in towns that actually have them? Wow!! That sounds pretty effective! Not by the way :D:D

And you say "for a start", hmmmmmmmm.  Well come on who else? Ordinary members of the public reporting cars with out of date tax discs to a police force that can't attend your property after a burglary because of "lack of resources":D (allegedly - other excuses are available)?

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