This technology saves lives, so why are we taxing it?
Today we report in typical FIRST DRIVE fashion on two new cars.
Both the KIA Rio and Suzuki Ignis have something, albeit on higher trim models, that can save lives and limbs: a system that detects pedestrians ahead and applies the brakes - if you don't - to avoid hitting them.
It's called Dual Camera Brake Support in the Ignis and Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition in the Rio.
Plenty of more expensive cars have similar systems but not many have it, to my knowledge, particularly in the Ignis' price range.
It is this relative availability of such vital equipment that prompts the question: Why isn't it on every car? We are talking about saving lives.
One reason is that our government taxes all equipment without differentiation whether it be technology that can save lives or heated leather seats.
People buy cars such as the Ignis/Rio out of their own savings, credit union loans etc. Every €100 really matters.
By not taxing (VRT, VAT) such critical items (there are several) the government would make it marginally (but maybe critically) less expensive to acquire a safer car and highlight how important it is for us to positively discriminate for such technology when buying our next model.