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MPs Try To Overturn New Road Tax Scheme

A report from the Environmental Audit Committee has blown open the government's pursuit of car owners with the launch of the forthcoming new car tax regime. Billed as a green tax for the future there was a split decision from the Environmental Audit Committee, something rarely seen in government induced reports.

While some members of the committee were happy to see new car tax laws introduced which would apply retrospectively and hit drivers of older cars, it seems that a strong contingent believe that the news laws are flawed. Billed as a way of pushing drivers to new and more economic cars, how can the authorities apply this retrospectively without giving drivers of older cars the chance to comply?

As is always the case with these so called green taxes, this change in the law is nothing but a tax revenue raising exercise hitting those who have very little option but to pay. Green issues ALWAYS lead to higher taxes without giving many car owners the chance to prick their conscience and consider other more environmentally friendly vehicles. There are claims that a u-turn on this deal may lead to the Chancellor being replaced but it could - and in many eyes probably should - bring down the curtain on Gordon Brown's period of office.

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