I believe road tax on vehicles should be scrapped. Millions of pounds and many Police and Court hours are wasted chasing people who do not pay their road tax. If the tax were scrapped and 10-15p added to the price of a litre of fuel, a similar annual amount would be paid by a person doing average mileage. By adding the tax to the fuel cost, there would be no way of avoiding paying, saving huge amounts of time and resources propping up an inefficient road taxing system.
|Date Issue Raised:
||10 Feb 2007
||Thank you for your email suggesting that VED should be scrapped, and the lost revenue recovered by increasing the tax on petrol.
We would still need to keep the DVLA because the authorities need to know who owns each vehicle. It is also necessary to ensure that vehicles over a certain age have passed the MOT. The expense of running the DVLA would therefore remain, and the cost of this should fall on motorists. So while it would be possible to reduce the VED, it would not be possible to abolish it entirely and the problem of evasion would remain.
I prefer to tackle the problem by greater use of number plate recognition linked to the DVLA with tough enforcement action against non-payment – including confiscation of the vehicle.
Best wishes, George Young