31 Mar 2010.
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Triple Whammy for Drivers on April 'Fuels' Day
April 1st sees another 1p per litre on fuel tax, new VED rates, and a showroom tax on cars
Alistair Darling's staged 3p rise in fuel tax begins with a 1p per litre rise on April 1st. If this wasn't bad enough news for the UK's highly taxed drivers, where two-thirds of the cost of a litre of petrol or diesel goes direct to the treasury as tax and VAT, there is also the added burden of new increased rates of Vehicle Excise Duty, including a first year showroom tax of up to £950.
 
The ABD wants to see an immediate end to the fuel duty escalator, which affects everyone, not just drivers, due to the fact that 92% of passenger journeys and 87% of goods go via the roads. Unfair, punitive VED rates should also be scrapped.
 
ABD Environment spokesman Paul Biggs said:
“As the economy starts to limp out of recession, it makes even less sense to hit hauliers, families and commuters with increased fuel costs as well as putting an upward pressure on inflation. Furthermore, the new punitive VED rates suggest that the government is trying to stop drivers buying British built Jaguars and Land Rovers. It's high time that the government waged a war on the tens of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money it wastes each year instead of continually waging a war on drivers and their wallets.”

 
 
NOTES FOR EDITORS
 
1. 2010-2011 VED rates
2. The Taxpayers' Alliance estimates that government waste totals £101 billion per year in The Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008
 
 
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