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EVs to pay road tax from 2025
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About bloody time
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12p on petrol and diesel is from March 2023. Notice it wasn't announced?
Therefore the amount that any particular vehicle type uses roads is completely irrelevant. (Which is the usual argument the EV haters use).
I can't find the bit about increasing fuel duty, or increasing VED in line with inflation (RPI the one that goes up a lot, but is useless for setting pensions & benefits), but I take davyjp's word for it that it will happen.
(except air quality and Medical Science )
There is legislation already in place to increase fuel duty at a rate slightly above inflation. There was also a temporary 5p cut that was announced by Sunak early this year which is due to expire in March. Add the two together and you get a 12p rise in March next year.
What has got everyone excited is that there was a comment in the Office for Budget Responsbility's report to the effect that they have assumed that fuel duty will rise in line with current plans. Which of course they have to.
In fact what has happened every March since 2011 is that the chancellor has announced that he has listened to the concerns of long suffering drivers, and decided that this year's planned increase in fuel duty will therefore not go ahead. There is no particular reason that to believe that next year's planned rise won't go the same way - but until he actually announces it the OBR have to assume that it will happen. The chancellor will of course have to find the money from somewhere else instead if he wants to stay within the OBR's calculations.
One day most people will be driving electric cars and the holdouts who still drive old ICE cars will be a constituency that can be safely ignored politically. That is the day that the chancellor will announce that this year's rise in fuel duty is going ahead as planned. It will probably come sooner than you think - but not as soon as next March.