TTel has learnt that government officials have begun private discussions with the motoring industry and drivers’ groups about an overhaul of the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rules.
The talks come as ministers try to prevent a fall in tax revenues as more motorists choose smaller, cleaner cars that incur a lower rate of duty. They say that while they have not finalised their plans, changes may be necessary to ensure the “sustainability of the public finances”. One option being considered would replace the annual tax on cars with a one-off up-front charge on new vehicles when they are sold.
A Treasury minister, told the Commons last week that ministers are “considering whether Vehicle Excise Duty should be reformed to support the sustainability of public finances and to reflect the improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency”. As part of that process, motoring groups and other interested parties have been invited into the Treasury to discuss potential changes to VED.
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