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To be honest, its only fairly recently that the Government has 'woken up' to CO2 emissions. Previously, it was one cost for 6 months, another for 12 months (which is why cars/models of a certain age fall under one system or the other). Commercial vehicles fall outside this as they are perceived as 'working vehicles'. This is an EU set-up, but each member country can set its own rates.
Effectively, private use & ownership of cars is to be discouraged (via taxation), in favour of public transport - but since it would be impossible for public transport to fully supplant a commercial vehicle, then their use is not penalised in the same way.

Its all very confusing, but just remember - the government always wins!

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