Originally Posted by badgers_nadgers
It's very harsh and when they announced it 18 months or so ago (or maybe even longer) I was amazed that the media didn't kick up more of a stink. Most people don't tend to look at the budget in more detail and I thought, "when this kicks in, people are going to be well annoyed". Lo and behold…
I looked at it in detail and sold my 2001 (Y) 1.8TS following the 2008 budget as, incredibly, the rate announced on the day was going to be more than it is now.
Budget 2008 - motoring taxes : Directgov - Newsroom
For a vehicle in band K it was going to be £300 2009-10 and £310 2010-11.
There was a stink by the motoring bodies, and VED rates were modified to the rates we see now later in the year, by which time I'd sold the 156 and bought the GT JTD.
I've always believed VED based on emissions is a huge con as it's a tax on ownership not usage. For instance one could have situation where a vehicle in a low band doing 20,000 miles a year emits more co2 than a V6 that only gets used high days and holidays.
If the chancellor really wanted to tax vehicles based on emissions, VED would be scrapped and the duty on fuel would be raised to compensate. There is no argument NOT for doing this. If one owns a 'gas guzzler' one pays for it pro rata, furthermore there is zero cost in collecting the duty and, providing ones buys fuel (as opposed to nicking it), there is no means of avoiding the tax. And just think of all the civil servants they could lose who are employed to administer VED.
All the best