Not so good news for environmentalists but a green step

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23 Mar 2006, 2:20 am

Motoring Duties: Chancellor Gordon Brown targets the 'Chelsea tractor' set

Owners of gas-guzzling cars with the highest carbon dioxide emissions will have to pay a new higher rate of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in an environmentally-friendly move by Chancellor.

The measure will affect drivers of cars with big engines, such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Aston Martin Vantage, but it will also hit many of those with 4x4 "utility" vehicles - the so-called Chelsea Tractors. Drivers of such big "dirty" vehicles will pay a new higher tax rate of £210 a year - although Mr Brown conceded only one per cent of vehicles would attract the higher level of duty.


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23 Mar 2006, 8:15 am

The Gobblin' King strikes again. I love the irony of this Budget though: that for car-owners it actually makes it more beneficial to get an older, less efficient car. Genius.


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30 Mar 2006, 12:03 am

Well its a step. I hope one day they will get rid of them soon though because not only are they doing nothing for the environmental issues other than making it worse there’s barely any oil for the rest of us.

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