Po­lit­i­cal dogma of elec­tric cars

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – The in­sane rush to get elec­tric cars on the road to “save the planet” proves that po­lit­i­cal dogma has su­per­seded com­mon sense.

On each litre of petrol or diesel there is a fuel duty rate of 57.95 pence or £2.63 a gal­lon. To this is added VAT but busi­nesses can re­cover this.

There is a road tax which is based on emis­sion lev­els, and elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers pay noth­ing.

They also get up to £4,500 of a grant from the Gov­ern­ment, paid for from the taxes of those

who can­not af­ford a new car far less an elec­tric one.

As the num­ber of elec­tric ve­hi­cles in­creases then the rev­enue from fuel duty and road tax will plum­met and grants in­crease.

The UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments will have cre­ated a huge fi­nan­cial hole of bil­lions of pounds with noth­ing planned to fill it. Have they even thought about it? Clark Cross.

138 Spring­field Road, Lin­lith­gow.

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