|29 Apr 2008.
For immediate release.
"Recent budgets have featured rises in vehicle excise duty for less efficient vehicles but these have always been restricted to new vehicles to discourage purchase and have not been retrospective. In the 2008 budget these taxes were not only raised and new banding introduced but by backdating the increases to cover vehicles registered since 2001 Alistair Darling has at a stroke punished those who cannot afford newer, more efficient cars."ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries said:
"This impacts hardest on poorer families who need larger cars. Such drivers may not even realise the huge rises on older Mondeos, Lagunas, Vectras and Galaxies even with middle range engines until VED renewal time. Even some smaller cars such as Astras and Focuses are hit if they are unlucky enough to have an engine in a higher CO2 band. Such families face a double hit as their cars will plummet in value due to the tax changes. Already the trade guides are predicting large drops. The arrogance of Darling is astonishing. When questioned in a radio interview following the budget he suggested that those affected needn't pay higher VED as they could buy new cars. Just how are they supposed to do that when food, council tax and mortgages are all up way above 'inflation'?"The ABD calls for MPs to reject the backdating of these new charges.