New-car emissions tax a mistake, says traders’ body
Saturday 30th January 2010, 2:29PM GMT.
ENVIRONMENT’S suggested emissions tax on new cars will backfire, according to the Guernsey Motor Trades Association.
Chairman Mike Wager (pictured) said an emissions-based vehicle tax would be inappropriate because it would not reduce the number of high-output cars on Guernsey roads but would impact on dealers.
‘Putting an extra tax on the purchase of new vehicles is not an effective way of reducing emissions and will only serve to encourage people who need a larger car to hang on to older cars which are significantly more polluting than their modern equivalents,’ he said.
The tax is one of the suggestions put forward by the department in a consultation that closes tomorrow.
Although Mr Wager acknowledged the progress made in the production of low-emission vehicles, he said that in most cases they were not yet a viable alternative for many drivers due to what they want from the vehicle and because of price.
‘We believe people will simply keep their old car rather than buy something that isn’t right for them,’ said Mr Wager.
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