New car tax changes could boost ‘shared mobility’ in a blow to private car owners

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In a blow to petrol and diesel owners, the BVRLA warns London and the UK need to have “fewer, cleaner private cars”. Gerry Keaney, BVRLA Chief Executive said Sadiq Khan’s new road pricing plans help provide a “clear roadmap” for the future of motoring.

The London Mayor has asked Transport for London (TfL) to look into a road pricing plan which would charge drivers by distance travelled.

Mr Khan is said to back a pay per mile system to replace ULEZ and the Congestion Charge by the end of the decade.

However, with any road pricing scheme years away, he has also called on TfL to come up with a short-term plan.

This could include a daily charge for petrol and diesel owners.

Another idea would be to expand the existing ULEZ to cover all petrol and diesel vehicles.

Around 80 percent of vehicles in the expanded zone are not charged meaning revenue could be dramatically increased.

Mr Khan has set a short-term deadline of May 2024 to introduce a new plan.

Mr Keaney said: “We welcome the Mayor of London taking the initiative with these plans, which complement the BVRLA’s ongoing support for shared mobility models and a clear roadmap for road pricing.

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“Importantly, this announcement gives the industry time to implement the changes that are essential to making the targets reality.

“London does not only have an emissions problem, it has a congestion problem too.

“We need fewer, cleaner private cars on the road.

“From electric car clubs to zero-emission delivery vehicles, BVRLA members are already providing the answers to the problems faced in London and beyond.

“Our members will play an essential role in the success of these plans and will have invaluable insights that will help the mayor deliver.

“We will continue to engage with the Mayor of London and other local government leaders as they map out a more sustainable transport strategy for our cities and urban spaces.”

The new fees have been backed by the Transport Committee after the Government generally followed their previous recommendations.

However, some have attacked the plans or new road changes in fear of facing heavier costs.

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, warned the scheme could create “financial challenges” for individuals and businesses. 

He added the scheme would also “punish” road users who could not afford an electric car, pricing many off the roads.

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