Taxpayers fork out £4m for MP's travel expensesPA

MPs managed to rack up more than £4m in travel expense claims in 2011/2012 after data published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority revealed the true costs to the public.

Auto Express picked up on the report which shows that politicians landed taxpayers with a bill of more than £2.3m for using public transport and £1.1m-plus for the cost of traveling in their own cars around their constituencies or to Westminster.

In a move that will shock much of the tax-paying public, MPs claimed back £119,802.74 in parking costs and £43,250.24 for tolls and the London Congestion Charge, too.

Other "travel" claims were for hotels (£67,671.84), taxis (£55,656.38), car hire (£22,373.98), food and drink (£4,618.74), motorcycles (£300.48) and even bicycles (£161.84). In total, MPs claimed £4,043,792.93 in travel expenses over the course of 2011/12.

The news comes at a time when motorists face some of the toughest times in history, with the cost of owning and running a car steadily on the increase.

Ironically, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin claimed a massive £7,223.05 to use his car. And that was on top of the £4,301.40 he claimed for use of public transport (including 39 First Class train fares).

The Auto Express story has a breakdown of individual MP's travel expenses, parking charges and the costs incurred by politicians driving through the Congestion Charge and other toll roads.

Those who are easily riled should probably avoid reading, especially as the story features one MP who claimed back so much cash that he could have bought a brand-new car and run it for a year.

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