Martin Lewis gives money-saving advice on VED car tax
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The former Prime Minister has called for a new road pricing structure that will charge drivers each time they use the roads. Mr Blair said a new pay-by-mile approach was a once-in-a-century opportunity” and would deal with the real “social costs of driving”.
However, experts at FairFuelUK have attacked the proposals warning the updates would “hit the economy hard”.
Instead, they have called for the Tony Blair Institute to call for the 2030 petrol and diesel car ban to be scrapped.
FairFuelUK also claims “all road users” will soon have to contribute some road tax, including cyclists.
They said: “Road pricing will go down like a lead balloon with the world’s already highest taxed drivers.
“Tony Blair’s Institute should back the FairFuel APPG’s call for the 2030 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales to be scrapped.
“With that sensible outcome, Fuel Duty will not need to evaporate fast in the uncalled-for thrust to go electric.
“Now, the Government must allow the market to dictate what clean fuel technology is best and affordable for all drivers not through their very costly, divisive ineffective directive.
“Road pricing will hit our economy hard, particularly the haulage industry and commercial drivers.
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“Unless the Treasury and the DfT (Department for Transport) substantiate we’ll not be paying any more tax than now, plus big brother must never track our vehicle’s every move.
“Controversially as Fuel Duty revenue plummets, all road users will have to contribute fairly to the Exchequer, which means electric vehicles and cyclists paying tax too.”
The Tony Blair Institute said there was “real urgency” to introduce tax changes to avoid “political problems”.
They warned drivers will purchase electric cars “on the assumption” they will be cheap to use forever.
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