Under car tax pay per mile proposals, classic car owners may ‘benefit’ by’saving money.’
CHANGES IN CAR TAXES may be a “benefit” for some classic car owners, with many of them able to “save money” under the new rules.
A pay-per-mile car tax system, according to Gary Wilson, president of the Historic and Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA), could be a “better scheme” for some historic vehicle owners.
A pay-per-mile scheme, he said, would save money for vehicles under 40 years old that currently pay road tax.
This is because classic car owners are more likely to use their vehicles less frequently than regular road users.
“What about those 30-year-old cars?” he said in an interview with This website.
“It is currently taxed post-1981 and pre-1991.”
“Well, obviously, it would be beneficial.
“I pay around £160 per year for my BMW Z3.
“If it’s not used much, I’m probably going to save money, so let’s have it.”
“It’s probably a better plan than the one we have now.”
Mr Wilson, on the other hand, has previously stated that he does not support the inclusion of vehicles older than 40 years in a scheme.
Vehicles registered before 1981 are exempt from paying road tax under current rules.
According to him, the HCVA will campaign to keep these older vehicles exempt from any new system.
“It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation,” he continued.
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“It needs to be considered holistically.”
“I believe we should take a look at it and see what scheme might be proposed.”
“As soon as the consultation is released, we’ll jump on it and try to figure out what it means for the entire classic sector.”
“A classic to me is an older vehicle that you are passionate about.”
According to a report by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), classic car owners drive their cars much less than regular car owners.
In comparison to the UK average of 7,200 miles per year, historic vehicles are driven for an average of 1,200 miles per year.
According to the report, classic cars are only used for about 16 journeys per year.
On the roads, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be considering a pay per mille system.
This would contribute to filling a £40 billion hole left by the elimination of fuel duty and traditional Vehicle Excise.
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