By Marcus Leach

The Environmental Audit Committee have called on the government to use money from fuel duty to cut the cost of public transport.

According to the group of MPs ring-fencing the fuel duty money would help build trust in green taxation.

"The Treasury needs to stop giving green taxes a bad name," said Joan Walley, who chairs the committee.

"Recent budgets have created the perception that environmental taxes are simply being used to pinch extra pennies from people."

The committee went on to say that there should be simple links between taxing things that pollute and investing in more environmentally friendly alternatives.

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