What are the true costs?
With his usual insight, Matt Prior has exposed another of the failings of EVS (Tester’s Notes, 24 October) and the folly of the House of Commons committee that wishes to foist them upon us.
A fortnight previously, Autocar described how the geniuses of the EU have demanded even more aggressive reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions. Know-it-all politicians and bureaucrats impose their will on us without a clue of the practical problems their diktats will cause, and then force us who pay their wages to deal with it.
In this case, the solution is obvious, logical and fair. We need an objective assessment of the full cradle-to-grave environmental and other external costs of all forms of vehicle propulsion. Impose fuel or charging duty based on the actual environmental and other costs the vehicle will generate; consumers will then make their individual choices and pay accordingly. Richmond upon Thames