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