UK Budget Penalizes Family Haulers, Big Style
March 13th, 2008 11:34 AM Share
The Telegraph reports that a new "showroom tax" will add between $500 and $2k to the price of new cars in Britain, depending on their level of carbon emissions. Oh wait, and add nearly $1k in annual taxes thereafter. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling says the tariff are educational; a way for consumers to understand the environmental cost of their purchase. But these measures are not simply targeting "Chelsea Tractors," the luxury SUV's that haunt London's wealthiest neighborhoods. Middle-class family haulers such as the Ford Mondeo Estate and Renault Espace would be hit hard as well. Critics point out that the measures are as disingenuous as they are patronizing. An anonymous spokesman for The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says "Trying to force people out of high-value cars has no environmental merit and will be seen as a smokescreen for revenue raising." And then what?
Published March 13th, 2008 11:34 AM
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As if a 100% gas tax isn't already absurd enough.
Gas taxes work great, as unpopular as they are. Look at the average vehicle mass per passenger-mile on both sides of the atlantic, the difference is kinda evident ;) If anything, gas taxes should be raised to reduce VAT, in order to cut that ridiculous car price differential between Europe and USA.
Christ between the high gas tax, VAT, tolls and speed cameras, and taxes I don't even know about because I don't live there, how can they afford to drive in the country and still feed their families. I'm talking about the working class people not the rich politicians.