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sintax Donating Member (891 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 08:55 PM
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Owners of Gas Guzzling Cars to be Hit by Five-Fold Tax Increase
Owners of gas-guzzling cars to be hit by five-fold tax increase
By Severin Carrell

29 May 2005

Motorists who drive fuel-hungry BMWs, people carriers and Range Rovers face a five-fold increase in road tax under radical plans to combat Britain's spiralling greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposals are being studied by transport and environment ministers after it emerged that car buyers are ignoring warnings about the dangers of climate change by increasingly choosing luxury cars, larger MPVs and 4x4s with large, powerful engines.

The Government's influential energy conservation agency, the Energy Saving Trust (EST), has told ministers the only way to force motorists to buy "green" cars is to introduce a new top rate of road tax as high as 900 a year.

The new tax - more than five times the current rate of 165 a year for petrol engines - would have a major impact, by catching many popular larger family cars such as the Vauxhall Sharan or Ford Galaxy people carriers.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/story.jsp?st...
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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 09:43 PM
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1. Owners of Gas-Guzzling Cars to be Hit by 5-Fold Tax Increase--UK
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/story.jsp?st...


Owners of gas-guzzling cars to be hit by five-fold tax increase
By Severin Carrell

29 May 2005

Motorists who drive fuel-hungry BMWs, people carriers and Range Rovers face a five-fold increase in road tax under radical plans to combat Britain's spiralling greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposals are being studied by transport and environment ministers after it emerged that car buyers are ignoring warnings about the dangers of climate change by increasingly choosing luxury cars, larger MPVs and 4x4s with large, powerful engines.

The Government's influential energy conservation agency, the Energy Saving Trust (EST), has told ministers the only way to force motorists to buy "green" cars is to introduce a new top rate of road tax as high as 900 a year.

The new tax - more than five times the current rate of 165 a year for petrol engines - would have a major impact, by catching many popular larger family cars such as the Vauxhall Sharan or Ford Galaxy people carriers.

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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 09:43 PM
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2. Read this title and I
said to myself, what did Al Gore suddenly take over the WH? This is the way it should be unfortunately it won't be here any time soon. Good for the Brits.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 09:43 PM
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3. the british finally 'get it'
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 09:43 PM
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4. Ha, ha, ha. The punch line is...
.. that in America, they get TAX BREAKS for ultra large SUV guzzlers. Remember the nice little tax breaks for the Humvees and etc. if you claim it's for biz???
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 10:23 PM
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5. It was more than just a simple tax break...
...It was originally, basically, a U.S. Taxpayer paid for FREE SUV!

Originally, It was the ability to write off your taxes a "work vehicle" (with a weight up to 6000 lbs.) up to $100,000.00 U.S. Dollars! :wow: :crazy:
I think the Tax write-off was cut back to $25,000.00 AND, I think the the latest Tax-Cut bill that just passed, eliminated the "Alternate Fuel Vehicle" Write-off (which I don't think was ever over $5000.00). :banghead: :argh:
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Ksec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 10:31 PM
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6. Reponsible versus Irresponsible
The Brits are eons ahead of us. Bush has turned back the clock in America.
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Nancy Waterman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 10:39 PM
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7. But he can't turn back the clock on global warming
Even he isn't that powerful, though he thinks his denial will make it go away.
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pokercat999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 11:15 PM
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8. My "gas-guzzling" BMW Z-4 gets
about 30 MPG at an avg speed of 70 MPH! Very Hyundia-isk
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-05 12:25 AM
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9. If only the US were as wise
But it won't happen with the current administration in power :eyes:
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-05 12:29 AM
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10. Come To America - We Give Tax Write-offs For Gas Guzzlers. n/t
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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-05 03:10 AM
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11. It will never happen
here.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-05 05:35 AM
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12. Unfortunately, the tax should really go on the fuel
if it's global warming you're worried about. A car that gets 20mpg and is driven 10 miles each day is doing less damage than one which gets 40mpg but driven 30 miles each day.

We have to face it - this is one tax that should not depend on the ability to pay, but on the amount of damage your doing to the planet. Don't think of it as a tax, think of it as a fine.
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