Recent news suggests owners of the least efficient cars on the road are to incur much higher road tax costs over coming years in a bid to help tackle climate change and reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions.
“Annual duty on the 225,000 least fuel efficient vehicles purchased brand new since last April, including most 4x4s and sports cars, is set to rise from £210 to more than £400 over the next two years, according to newspaper reports.” Source – Moneyfacts 19/03/2007
Is there a list available of the vehicles affected? How would you know if you have you bought a vehicle since April 2006 that could now be subject to this increase? (Some will be obvious!) What about inefficient cars with ultra-efficient catalytic converters? Surely this increase should only affect cars that actually put out more CO2? Are MPV’s affected? How will this rise impact large families?
Are the manufacturers of inefficient cars forced to pay more for producing machines that could contribute towards global warming? New cars must meet certain recyclable standards so surely they must also meet emissions standards?
There MUST be emissions standards set my governments regarding new cars so why is the end user forced to pay more for a vehicle that meets these standards?
Even if standards are changing it seems unfair that car owners should now pay more to tax a vehicle that met the correct standards at the time of purchase?
And of course the big question is will this really help the issue of climate change?
A recent documentary suggested CO2 levels were rising in line with an increase in sun temperature and may not actually be due to man. Many people are likely to be unhappy that they will be forced to pay more to fix a problem when there is evidence to suggest it may make no difference at all!
Whether or not this will help to make a difference towards the rising levels of CO2 and the resulting problems that can cause, we should also remember that the amount of pollution in the air we breathe is not normal for the natural make up of our bodies.
We are not designed to process the high levels of toxins that float around in our atmosphere today and pollution should be just as much a part of the debate when it comes to tackling the problems we face from vehicle emissions.
The direction is right but the argument may be wrong.