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With re­gard to Ray Letheren’s let­ter ( CCW, 17 Feb). I’m sorry, Ray, but I have to agree with the editor’s com­ments. Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty was ini­tially charged on all road­go­ing ve­hi­cles to pay for main­te­nance of our high­ways, which need a great deal of re­pairs. I fail to see why you should be al­lowed to drive a quite a large Nis­san Qashqai and not pay any road main­te­nance charges just be­cause it has low emis­sions. My wife has a Hyundai Getz that was MoT’d to­day and com­pleted 2705 miles since the last test. For the priv­i­lege of th­ese miles, it cost £180 in VED. Does my wife’s car wear the high­ways out as much as a Qashqai? I doubt it. The same goes for all the small cars that are not old enough to be­come VED-ex­empt and go to a few shows each year. If VED were to be charged on fuel, those that use the roads the most would be the ones to help pay for their up­keep – a much fairer sys­tem for all.

Since the road tax disc has been re­moved from wind­screens it has been re­ported that there has been an in­crease in VED eva­sion. If it was charged on fuel, even the evaders would be pay­ing their fair share. Richard Holt, Northants

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