i don't think most people have noticed this latest stealth tax - it will be a real shock to a lot of people with normal cars next year.
You're right, Niall. I don't like to say 'I told you' guys but...actually, I do like to say it
For anyone out there who hasn't bothered to read the budget and do their homework, anything with emissions above 225g/km and especially 255g/km (the Sportronic 3 litre is 305g/km, to give you some idea of the gap!) will mean you are going to be hammered in the future.
If your car is registered after 23 March 2006, you'll already be paying £400/year for tax. But, from 2009, a newly-registered car with emissions above 255g/km will pay £950 in the first year and £455 the next year
. And, there will be more heavy rises to come, you can bet on it.
In addition, the next move, which has already begun with the new budget, is to tighten up the emissions brackets significantly, so that small differences in CO2 levels can account for substantial tax differentials. From next year, there will be 13 different brackets. Also, you'll find that high emitting vehicles will no longer be allowed in cities. That might seem unimportant with only London in their sights at the moment but it will be totally different when it's most of the cities around the UK.
This is how the government is going to try to reduce the emission levels. They'll make it so expensive that people will be considering CO2 levels just as much as performance and manufacturers will follow suit by reducing levels. You'll have to have very deep pockets to own a quick car in the future. And, let's be honest, it's not just the current government, this is the way it'll be from now on.
I'll certainly be considering emission levels and the age of car very carefully when I change my (1999, yippie!) Super. At least I can advertise it as non-Guzzler tax of £180/year
. There are going to be a hell of a lot of secondhand execs out there soon, which people won't be able to give away...