Col­lect­ing VED from fuel: I’m stick­ing to my guns

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

In re­ply to re­cent let­ters op­pos­ing my plan to re­cover road tax through fuel, do they re­alise just how much of their ve­hi­cle ex­cise duty charge is taken up in purely ad­min­is­tra­tion costs to cover re­minders for ev­ery­one? Then there are the costs for re­turn­ing the re­main­ing duty to the per­son who has sold a ve­hi­cle, now that road tax can’t be trans­ferred. The cost of chas­ing up non-pay­ers has only in­creased with the with­drawal of the VED disc, and court costs for pros­e­cut­ing these per­sons has al­ways been far in ex­cess of the re­cov­ered amount.

No, I still stick by what I said. It would be a much sim­pler and fairer to col­lect by adding the tax to fuel, mean­ing that the peo­ple wear­ing our roads out at 88,000 miles per year would be the ones pay­ing more for the re­pairs. Why should I pay the same when I only use the roads for less than 3000 miles? Richard Holt, Ket­ter­ing, Northants

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