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Re: CO2 emissions and Road Tax

Originally Posted by VelSatisfied View Post
I have taken a long & considered view of the entire CO2-based road tax and came to the following conclusion;

Its just a giant rip-off...

You should either heavily tax the fuel, or the car which can use it - not both.

Playing devil's advocate for a minute ::

Hiking everything onto fuel duty only hits people who do reasonably high mileages. It does not really affect those who buy huge 4x4s just to go shopping and do the school run.

That's all well and good because they have less of an environmental impact based on fuel usage, but when you dig out the old factoid that a car produces more pollution in manufacture than it does in 10 years of driving, things start to look rather different. Presumably the larger and more complex car will use more materials and energy to build.

That's not to say that I don't believe that environmental taxation of vehicles is a sham. They proved that it was when they axed the 3% benefit in kind surcharge waiver for Euro IV diesels (and failed to reintroduce it for Euro V.) The motorist is an easy taxation target, and the green argument is simply the most convincing sounding excuse to hand to attack that particular target.
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