Monday, 19 March 2007
Should road tax on less fuel efficient cars be increased to £400?
Gordon Brown will issue his 11th and last Budget as Chancellor on Wednesday. Some reports suggest that the Chancellor is to raise road tax substantially on the least fuel-efficient cars to about £400 a year.
Environmental lobbyists have called for road tax to be raised to more than £1,000 for the worst polluting vehicles. Friends of the Earth have claimed that substantial measures to tackle climate change are required if Mr Brown is to leave a "green legacy as chancellor".
In a leaked memo to Mr Brown, David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, proposed a further hike for the least fuel-efficient cars after criticism that last year's Budget changes had not deterred enough people from buying them. Mr Miliband said: "The success of company-car tax reforms in encouraging switching to more fuel-efficient vehicles has demonstrated the power of these levers. We can now expand this to the market more generally and explore a substantial increase in vehicle excise duty for higher-emission vehicles, aligning for all car owners the incentive to choose lower-emission cars.”
Lobbying by the motor industry forced Mr Brown to drop the idea from his pre-Budget report in December.
A YouGov survey showed that 21 per cent of people regard David Cameron to be "greener" than Gordon Brown. 40 per cent of those polled said "neither" were green.
The Green Party has released its own "carbon-costed" budget - aimed at helping to lower UK emissions by about 90% by 2050. They say they would charge £1,800 in tax for the worst "gas-guzzlers."
Q. Should road tax on less fuel efficient cars be increased to £400 on Wednesday as some reports suggest?
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