19 NOVEMBER 1954, Page 22


Sia,—When Mr. Gordon Wilkins says that the private owner who, in the past, bought a car and ran it out of income is ' being squeezed out,' he is dead right 1 Not only is he right but he has touched on a state of affairs which rankles in the breasts of thousands of respectable tax-paying citizens, whose occupations do not, in the eyes of their employers and the Inland Revenue, warrant the use of a car.

Take, for instance, the case of an office- worker and a business-proprietor who are neighbours, at business in town and privately out of town. The one is able to travel to and from his work in a car which, it might justifiably be said, is to a certain extent subsidised by the other, for the one runs his car by means of a tax-rebate which is denied to the other.

It is time that the matter of private motor- ing, subsidised by means of tax-allowances, should be reviewed. Not only would it make more people, like me, less disgruntled, but it might mean fewer cars for pleasure and- - fewer accidents I—Yours faithfully,