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“Rural proof” car taxes – CLA

[Wednesday 16 July 2008]
Soaring petrol prices
Soaring petrol prices

THE Country Land and Business Association, which represents thousands of small businesses as well as farmers and landowners, is demanding that the Government stand by an eight-year-old pledge to “rural proof” its policies by cutting road taxes on vehicles used in the countryside.

The Government promised take the extra costs of rural living – like transport – into account when fixing taxes by so-called “rural proofing” but this promise has not been kept, says CLA president Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.

But it should start doing so now by lightening the load of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in rural areas, where huge rises planned for next year could cost 4 x 4 owners an extra £400 plus.

He added: “The proposed changes in VED represent an ill-advised tax and would hit many in the countryside very hard indeed. Furthermore, it is not even green. The proposals would not make a substantial difference to CO2 emissions. Indeed, Greenpeace has described it as ‘the kind of measure that gives green taxes a bad name’.”

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