This Act was submitted by the Rt Hon. Dame Ashley K. Fletcher OOBC MP as a Private Member's Bill, with amendments by the Rt Hon. Jute MP, the Rt Hon. Dame Ashley K. Fletcher OOBC, 1st Baroness Beaconsfield, and the Rt Hon. Sir Nicholas Clack OOBC, 1st Baron Milton Keynes.
Frequent Flyer Revenue Adjustment Bill 2019A Bill to further reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and invest into the further development of alternative fuels and construction of clean energy sources.
Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1 Definition of "Frequent Flyer"
- A Frequent Flyer is recognised as an individual who takes more than four flights originating in the United Kingdom during the calendar year starting 1 January 2020.
Flights terminating in the United Kingdom, no matter their source destination, are exempt from this regulation.(Amendment A) Flights terminating in the United Kingdom, and with a source destination that is outside of Great Britain, are exempt from this regulation. (Lords Amendment A)
- All citizens and residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be designated as eligible for this status.
- Flight tallies reset to zero on 1 January of each subsequent year.
- The Frequent Flyer provision only applies to revenue-producing commercial aircraft travel.
2 Revenue Adjustments for Frequent Flyers
- All individuals who meet the status of a Frequent Flyer will have a new levy on all future flight fares purchased.
- This levy, hereby called the “Frequent Flyer Revenue Adjustment – FFRA,” will be done as a percentage of the fare price.
- For the first flight over the adjustment-free four flights, the FFRA shall be levied at 20 per cent of the base fare of the ticket.
- For each subsequent flight taken the fare shall be increased by 5 per cent per flight.
- The total FFRA levy shall not exceed 100 per cent of the base fare of the ticket.
- The FFRA levy shall be administered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
3 Use of FFRA Levy Revenues
- Revenue generated from FFRA Levies will be deposited into a special “Environmental Protection Investment Fund”
- The Environment Protection Investment Fund, hereby called the EPIF, shall be administered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
- Funds sourced from the EPIF may only be used for projects that satisfy the requirements set out by Section 4 of this bill.
4 Eligible Projects for EPIF Funds
- Current and future projects by Her Majesty’s Government to phase out coal-powered generation plants on the National Grid.
- Current and future projects by Her Majesty’s Government to reduce pollution levels in all waterways, streams, and sewer systems; along with air and land pollution produced by residential, commercial, or industrial facilities.
- Current and future projects by Her Majesty’s Government to protect the Ocean from pollution that includes, but is not limited to, the reduction of plastics in the Ocean; the reduction of agricultural runoff in the Ocean; and the reduction of water vessel discharge into the Ocean.
- All Current and future projects by Government and Private companies in the United Kingdom who are actively investing into alternative energy research in the fields of Solar, Wind, and Biofuel.
- Current and future projects by Her Majesty’s Government to reduce the usage of fossil fuels in electrical generation, transportation, and civilian and commercial heating.
- Current and future projects by Her Majesty’s Government to aid citizens and residents of the United Kingdom to purchase consumer objects to reduce electrical usage and/or fossil fuel usage.
5 Short title, commencement and extent
- This Act may be cited as the Frequent Flyer Revenue Adjustment 2019.
The Act comes into force on 1 January 2020.This Act comes into force on April 1st in the year following the one in which it received royal assent. (Lords Amendment D)
- This Act extends to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.