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Is Jeremy Hunt right to tax electric cars?


WHY shouldn’t electric car owners have to pay road tax, just like most other road users?

Electric vehicles are heavier than petrol and diesel-powered cars because of their batteries, so their impact on road surfaces is greater. I would also argue that they present a greater safety risk, as they can’t be heard approachin­g. It is imperative that all road users pay their way. The only alternativ­e would be the widespread introducti­on of tolls, and imagine what an uproar that would cause.

ALAN WARD, Sleaford, Lincs.

IT HAD to happen and only this Government could do it. Jeremy Hunt has just shot himself in the foot by announcing he will introduce road tax for electric cars. Talk about hypocrisy. What about our carbon footprint and climate change? Boris Johnson had announced the death of the combustion engine in favour of electric cars. (Incidental­ly, I don’t own and can’t afford an electric car.)

PAUL MackINTOSH, Darlington, Co Durham. ELECTRIC cars cause wear and tear to roads, so it is reasonable that their owners should pay road tax.

COLIN BLAGDEN, Stevenage, Herts.

IT LOOKS as if we are being conned yet again. First we were advised to purchase diesel vehicles and now electric cars are to be taxed. Why not put a small tax on cycles, e-scooters and e-bikes, too?

LAURENCE PRINCE, London NW3. I REALISE road tax is no longer used to maintain the road network, but shouldn’t it apply to all vehicles? Why should some users be exempt? Electric scooters and bicycles take up space on our overcrowde­d roads, too — let them all contribute to Mr Hunt’s Budget tomorrow.

JILL McGARRY, Nantwich, Cheshire.

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