VED ON FUEL IT’S AN EXCELLENT IDEA
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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