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September 16, 2007

Emissions Tax Idiocy

Grr. I do wish people would think a little more about these things.

MOTORISTS are facing a fresh squeeze from Alistair Darling, the chancellor, with a one-off £2,000 tax on 4x4s and the most polluting cars, a leaked Treasury paper has revealed.

The new “purchase tax” would have to be paid when a luxury car, such as a Range Rover or top-of-the-range BMW, is bought at the showroom. In subsequent years owners would pay the top rate for their road tax disc, which is also set for big rises under the confidential plans.

The aim is to reduce emissions. Thus the tax should be as closely associated with emissions as possible. That means on petrol, not on the sunk cost of the car itself.

However, the report goes on to admit that “under any option emission reductions are small”.

See! Even the Treasury doesn't think it's very sensible.

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Simply owning a large car does not mean you pollute more than someone else, it's not the ownership that creates the pollution it's how much fuel is used. Those who drive badly and/or frequently, by virtue of the fuel tax pay more than careful or infrequent drivers.

Every solution suggested by politicians involves more tax, yet if I wanted to cycle to my local train station, there's nowhere safe to leave my bike. Imagine how little it would cost to build bicycle storage facilties relative to the cost of setting up national IT/ satellite based road charging.

Let's see some simple, cheap and pratical suggestions to the pollution problem (notice I didn't call it "climate change" or "global warming").
What will it take for the people in this country to wake up to this scam.

Posted by: Bob | Sep 16, 2007 12:34:56 PM

I had to take my lad's age-7 sized bike to be repaired yesterday and was told I couldn't take it on the bus, and this was Saturday midday, not the bloody rush hour or something

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Sep 16, 2007 7:19:09 PM

So, presumably, car dealers in the rest of the EU won't have to collect this £2,000 fee on cars?

Hardly good news for UK car dealers.

Posted by: Tim Almond | Sep 16, 2007 8:23:22 PM