More than 5,000 young people have signed up to and are benefiting from My Travel Pass, a Welsh Government funded scheme offering discounted bus travel to 16-18 year olds in Wales, since its launch six months ago.
Wales’ Economy, Science and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, personally presented the 5,000th pass to Dulcie Jones from Penrhyndeudraeth who is a student at Coleg Llandrillo, Dolgellau, where she is studying A-Levels in Psychology, English and Law.
Drivers could be hit with a 108% hike in Insurance Premium Tax for car insurance and breakdown cover, in less than six months, warns the AA.
In July 2015 the Chancellor announced a hike from six per cent to 9.5% to take effect from 1 November and senior Westminster sources have indicated that the Chancellor may slip another three per cent IPT increase under the radar in the Budget next week, meaning if the rate increases to 12.5% the tax would have increased by 108% in six months.
Eighty-four per cent of motorists believe the tax burden on fuel is already too high even before the Chancellor decides whether or not to increase fuel duty in the Budget this week, according a survey conducted by the RAC.
As a result 80% want to see George Osborne cut duty or at least continue the freeze he has maintained since cutting the rate by a penny in the 2011 Budget.