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Originally Posted by vass20
Whatever the direction taken by the decision makers, it is quite obvious that nothing will make one iota of difference because we (and I don't mean only the motorist) will still get milked till we run dry.
Ain't that the truth?

But abolishing VED in favour of a slight increase in fuel duty would make the larger engined vehicle more attractive for the low mileage user. And that's the 4x4 School and Supermarket brigade to a tee.

If you have a reasonable disposable income and are only doing a couple of hundred miles a month, then do you really care whether the car does 20mpg rather than 40? But if you got stung a grand a year in VED for your hogger instead of a couple of hundred quid for a small engined supermini (as per the Irish system) then these people would think twice before chucking that much money away on a huge vehicle with functionality that they didn't really need.

And of course if they go ahead with road tolls, fuel economy will become practically irrelevant. Ludicrous levels of VED will be the only disincentive from driving a gas guzzler.
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