Car tax incentives for some vehicles is a ‘double-edged sword’ – drivers will ‘rebel’

Martin Lewis gives money-saving advice on VED car tax

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Richard ‘Moggy’ Morgan, host of Quest’s Vintage Voltage show has warned not charging electric car owners any tax rates is a “double-edged sword”. He said some road users may believe the lack of charges may show the Government were “shoving electric cars down our throats”.

He warns this could detract from the “real experience” of electric models which could lead to more making the switch in the long-term.

Speaking to, he said: “Not paying tax on electric vehicles is essentially a Government incentive.

“It’s to incentivise you to go electric.

“That’s a good idea in some respects but equally it’s a double-edged sword.

“You’ll have other people that will fight against that incentive because they are of the mindset that the Government is forcing us to go down this route.

“‘They are shoving these electric cars down our throats. I don’t want one but there are all these incentives’.

“And you can sometimes have a reverse effect sometimes when you have an incentive like that, and you don’t need incentives like that.

“If technology comes along that is better than the previous technology, people will migrate to that technology anyway because it’s better.

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“If you try to force people towards that, some will rebel.

“If you take out an incentive like that and just promote the real situation and the real experience, which is better.

“Just promote that and you will get more and more people transition to electric vehicles because of that rather than saving a few hundred pounds per year on tax.”

Under current rules, electric car owners are exempt from traditional Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates and do not pay fuel duty.

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