Well the annual tax disc renewal begging letter has dropped through my door and once again showing yet another whopping great increase. This year an additional 14% up to £245

It would be nice to actually have some maintained roads for this sum but in rural areas, road surfaces are rarely replaced and as such last year I had to replace an alloy wheel and had some seven flat tyres most caused by pot holes. Like most road users I have cursed and sworn under my breath about these (except when I had the bill for the cracked alloy when it was shouted from the roof tops) and borne the cost myself (but why should I???)

It is of course getting beyond a joke. Thanks to the money grabbing Gordon Brown, and I note no indication that George Osborne is ever going to reduce these unfair rises in car tax applied retrospective to older cars, I am left in a situation where my car is virtually worthless.

It was bought in 2004 having been registered in 2003 and is a Volvo S60. Not a particular large car but sufficient to tow a small caravan for when we go on holiday because we are not in a position to afford foreign holidays. It now has a book value of around £2000 and as a consequence I can’t afford to change it for something newer that will tow the caravan. So I am in a catch 22 situation just like many other people that work for themselves.

Once again it appears that the poor hard working individuals who try to make their living by their own ends and stay within in the law are heavily penalized. With over 800,000 unemployed in the West Midlands, and my age of nearly 59, there is little prospect of employment.

How long before people will not be able to afford to pay such extortionate taxes but out of necessity have to drive and will do so, especially in rural communities where there is no public transport. We are being left with little choice…….