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Road tax will go up

Continuing with the threads of road tax, environment and a fight for lower emissions, the newly produced UK government Budget calls for an increase of that tax for the most-polluting vehicles to £425 a year. (among the sources, try this one)

The increase will be put in place in April of 2009, which is after my next road tax due date, but most importantly, after our planned repatriation, so we are likely to escape the extra cost.

I drive a BMW, which are not known for their “greenery”. Disengaging from the discussion on whether me and other “gas-guzzling” drivers deserve to pay more for contributing more than our share to the pollution, the proposed tax amount is just mind-boggling!

Emission levels may have just become the most important characteristic for selecting which car to buy in England.

Posted in Expat Archive