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Thursday 12 December 2019

How silent, stealth taxes are hampering our safety

A push is on for safety devices to get a tax break.
A push is on for safety devices to get a tax break.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Following last week's story highlighting how the Government is taxing major safety elements on our cars, several readers have made the following point.

How can an administration spend a lot of money highlighting road safety while at the same time hammering motorists who want to be safer by having technology in their cars that could avert injuries and/or death?

It is a question that has been asked for a long time but it is sharply relevant today in light of the lightning quick advances in several areas.

I have driven a car (I stress under test conditions) that applied the brakes for me.

In a real-world scenario that could have saved me or the driver of the car in front from an accident. The technology works.

The problem is it costs. And the more it costs the more VRT and its ilk is ladelled on.

Of course cars have to be taxed – well that's an argument for another day. But is it right that a car with a potentially life-saving device invokes more tax than one without?

I just wonder if there isn't something that can be done here.

Oh yes I can hear the cynics saying it would mean more money for the carmakers. Frankly I don't care. I'd just like to see ordinary families opting for technology that might spare them agony rather than being put off by the tax-inflated price of it.

Let me know what you think please.


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