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New Road Tax Opinion

New Road Tax Opinion

By Swansway Motor Group 15-02-2017

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Swansway Group's featured author John Swift gives his opinion on the new road tax rules from April 2017. Let us know your thoughts!

NEW ROAD TAX OPINION

FIND OUT WHAT AWARD-WINNING MOTORING JOURNALIST THINKS OF THE NEW CAR TAX RULES THAT COME INTO EFFECT ON 1ST APRIL

IN MY OPINION - THE GUILD OF MOTORING WRITER'S REGIONAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR FIVE TIMES AND A MOTOR-RACING CHAMP IN HIS SPARE TIME, JOHN SWIFT SAYS IT AS HE SEES IT.

You can sympathise with drivers feeling they’ve had a bit of kicking with the new road tax rules coming into effect from April 1.

So many of us have been trying to do the right thing by the environment and our pockets by buying a super low emission car, cutting pollution and getting a nice little bonus by being exempt from annual road tax or paying pennies as a reward for cutting our carbon footprint.

Well, no more, because from April 1 the current 13 tax bands will be slimmed down into three - zero, standard and premium – and all cars bought from then will be caught in the net. In fact, seven out of ten of us will be worse off.

OK, while there is a lot of hot air being generated about it perhaps the figures aren’t that great to the individual. Something like a little hatchback such as a 1.0 litre Ford Fiesta will cost an extra £500 or so over four years. True, that’s about a tenner a month and some say it’s not that big a deal after all.

But that’s not the point. If I owned one of these cars I would feel more than bit put out that the politicians are once more moving the goal posts.

After all we have been taxed into driving cleaner and greener cars ever since the CO2-based VED system was introduced in the 1980s. First of all it was petrol cars that got hit and we were all driven towards diesels which pump out less of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

Since then the trend has been towards ever smaller and more efficient engines and private and business motorists have had the benefit of lower taxes. Trouble is, as emissions have fallen so has the government’s revenue and it has a hole to fill too, a sizeable one, because over the next four years it will be pocketing an extra £1.4 billion from us.

But, do you know the thing that really gets my goat? While you and I in our little family superminis and hatchbacks and hybrids are going to be paying more, those buying some of the most polluting beasts will pay less.

Order that 1.0 litre Ford Fiesta ecoBoost and you will go from being tax free to forking out £540 between April 1 2017 and 2021. Buy a 5.0 litre V8 Ford Mustang and you will save £245 over what you currently pay.

And no, that’s not an April Fool joke.

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