Tax Raid On Van Drivers To Help Tackle Climate Change?

If you regularly arrange commercial van hire in Berkshire or elsewhere, you should perhaps be mindful of the fact that you may well have to pay more vehicle excise duty (VED) if the van you’re driving is particularly polluting.

According to the Daily Telegraph, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a consultation that intends to encourage van drivers in the UK (of which there are around 2.5 million) to be greener – and the least polluting vehicles could see the VED cut as a result.

Although the majority of vans are fuelled with diesel, they did escape this tax raid in the most recent Budget. Back in November, Mr Hammond noted that by charging more VED on diesel vehicles, levels of nitrous oxide pollutants produced would be reduced and this would also help to finance the Clean Air Fund (costing £220 million).

Unfortunately, zero emission vehicles are more expensive than others on the road and there are also relatively few replacements on offer for vans – so drivers may well find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.

This comes after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that the UK could well miss its next round of carbon dioxide targets and its climate change goals in 2021 because of the anti-diesel agenda and slow adoption of electric vehicles.

New research from the organisation shows that carbon tailpipe emissions climbed for the first time in 20 years in 2017, despite the fact that cars are being replaced with more efficient models.

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