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HMRC and the need for SPEED!

Recently, we found out that HM Revenue and Customs wants to join the police, fire and ambulance services in their special exemption from obeying the speed limits.

No, we’re not joking. The request was part of a Department for Transport (DfT) consolation document examining the possibility of speed limit exemptions to other services.

Obviously, the common income tax inspector is not fighting for the right to tear down Britain’s motorways. HMRC also carries out undercover operations to prevent serious crimes like drug importation.

According to the DfT document, HMRC wants the powers for its ‘covert surveillance vehicles of major organised crime’.

An AA spokesman recently told the Daily Mail: “It’s surprising. But if the taxman is racing around above the speed-limit, he or she will quickly feel the pain of rising pump prices already felt by 33 million motorists.”

Other vehicles being considered for speed limit exemption include those carrying organs for transplants, bomb disposal units, the blood transfusion service and mountain rescue.

Road Safety Minister, Stephen Hammond, said: “It is only right that we look at allowing other services whose duties can mean the difference between life and death to exceed the speed limit when responding to emergencies.”

As for the HMRC, the jury is still out on whether the organisation needs this new power.

Should the taxman be exempt from the speed limit? What do you think?

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