Election Special 2: Is the UK motor industry about to be over-taxed?

While the main UK political parties offer a similar outlook for motoring costs and charges in most respects, they differ in one: road pricing and congestion charges. HGV road pricing is already in place across the EU. The Liberal Democrats plan to introduce it to the UK in 2015, if elected and then extend it to cars. But a strong case can be made that road pricing is poorly targeted and unfair. More importantly, an alternative policy – carbon trading – could be more effective. Interested? Read on..

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Election Special – who is offering what to the Retail Motor Industry?

As a whole the UK Motor Industry employs over 950,000 people and generates £60BN in taxes and charges to national and local government. Wouldn’t you think that the main parties might be interested in wooing their vote? Not if you look at the policies they have on offer. Apart from the Green Party, the least sympathetic policies are from the Liberal Democrats who, if they get elected, plan to phase in road pricing after 2015 paid for by scrapping fuel duty and VED, a plan rejected by hauliers and motorists alike, and switch the entire road building budget to rail projects. The Labour Party are promising what we already have, but there are stings in the tail: they support the controversial Workplace Parking Levy, which could hit many road commuters. The Conservatives are the least negative, promising a Fair Fuel Stabiliser to moderate the impact of the Fuel Duty Escalator. But, most worrying, they have precious little to say about all the other costs that burden motorists and hauliers. Interested? Read on..

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