Because fuel tax basically never covers the externalities (pollution from burning it, plus the cost of the road infrastructure), car travel is heavily subsidized by everyone who isn't driving a car, and this fact is very rarely talked about in the mainstream.

@uint8_t while roads are subsidised by everyone without cars, they are actually a public benefit. Lorries take goods to shops, this would be impossible without roads etc

@TinBee @uint8_t said lorries are probably the leading cause of damage to said roads, they ought to be charged tolls

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@a_breakin_glass @uint8_t but, if the lorries are charged extra then they will have to charge more for delivering and that will drive (no pun intended) prices up.

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