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While this topic has been discussed over the years, I think it would be useful, in the light of the changes that have happened since 2001, to have a fresh look at the topic.

 

Should this tax on vehicle ownership have an approach on vehicle usage rather than on the car itself ?

 

Should it depend on the car  ---  engine size, emissions etc,?

 

Peter.

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Peter,

 

I think it should be done on mileage, just seems fair to me. Although I have a five litre car I might just use it once a week, whilst the neighbour might have a one litre which he uses every day. I have to pay £475, him about £160, doesn't seem fair to me.

 

ATB,

 

Trevor

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Playing devil's advocate, it could be argued that the owner of the 1 litre car using it daily would contribute more in fuel duty than someone who uses his vehicle less frequently.

 

It could also be argued that those people with a poor public transport service should get some concessions for daily usage.

 

Peter.

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Peter,

 

we have poor public transport down here, I'll tell the powers to be what you suggested .

 

Also those peeps with dinky toy engines don't actually buy a lot of petrol, so your argument could be turned around

 

Put the road tax  on fuel at the pumps, it's the logical way .

 

Also as we drive British cars we should get concessions.

 

ATB,

 

Trevor

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Hi Trevor,

 

I have only ever had 1 Japanese car, even though it was made 30 miles from where I live.  The others were all British makes.

 

I found the Japanese Toyota Avensis [Company car] very reliable BUT not that economic in the fuel department - any speed over 50 would suck petrol our of the tank,  well built, but using very cheap trim with very garish upholstery,  poor steering,  and not that comfortable.

 

British made cars, even the volume cars such as Ford, Austin and Morris, and Rover were all comfortable, and a bit more refined with far better road holding.

 

I would therefore concur that cars made in the UK should have a factor built in to whatever system of Road Tax [the idea of a £50 cheque from the Government every year could appeal to many].

 

Peter.

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