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Why should Euro 6 vans - the cleanest on the road - be taxed more than 'dirtier' vans, questions reader Tony Hull to Jesse Norman MP, and Minister of State for Transport
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Jesse Norman MPTHIS is a letter written by Business Vans reader Tony Hull to his local MP Jesse Norman (pictured left), who is also Minister of State for Transport. It concerns Vehicle Excise Duty for vans and the apparent inequalities of van VED for Euro 6 vans

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Dear Mr Norman,

I am a van owner/driver and am writing about, inter alia, Vehicle Excise Duty for vans (up to 3,500kg Gross Vehicle Weight).

I don’t know whether you are aware of how disjointed your Government’s policies have become regarding such vehicles so please allow me to outline the issue and my questions to you. Here is a table of the various VED rates:

Type of van

Annual VED

registered before March 1 2001 (up to 1,549cc)

£155

registered before March 1 2001 (over 1,549cc)

£255

Euro 4 (registered March 1 2003 – December 31 2006)

£140

Euro 5 (registered January 1 2009 – 31 December 2010)

£140

All other vans registered on or after March 1 2001

£250

The latest Euro 6 vans

£250

We both know that taxation (VED is a form of taxation) and legislation are used to incentivise/coerce the direction in which we should go. Clearly, some thought went into this with the introduction of lower VED for Euro 4&5 emission vans but the remainder is a dog’s breakfast.

Euro 6 emissions standards for vans became mandatory for new vans from September 2016 yet the VED is nearly double that of more polluting Euro 4&5 vans. Furthermore, the oldest and most polluting vans, particularly those over 1,549cc, have only marginally more expensive VED than latest Euro 6 compliant vans. None of this makes sense and no incentive is provided to buy the cleaner Euro 6 vans at a time when scientists are warning us of climate change disasters.

I would add that Euro 6 diesel engines (not just vans), many of which use AdBlue in a catalyst system to break down nitrogen oxides into safer nitrogen and water, produce similar or lower emissions than equivalent petrol engines yet they are being penalised by higher fuel duty on diesel fuel.

I am aware that a consultation has taken place on the subject of VED for vans but why is this happening so late and how has your department allowed things to become so disjointed? What is the plan for VED for vans going forward?

Indeed, I am frustrated that I even have to write to you about something which is so glaringly anomalous, something which an ‘O’ level student would be able to structure more logically.

I look forward to your urgent response.

Yours sincerely

Tony Hull

Hereford


2 COMMENTS

  1. I own a 2015 VW T5 Transporter campervan. (euro 5) converted by a major converter in the UK from new. like most leisure vehicles I do a low mileage, under 3000 miles a year. It is shown on the logbook as a motorhome..I am charged £290 VED as it is classed by DVLA as a car ?. If it had been left as a goods van covering 1,000s miles a year (same engine and transmission) it would be £140. Even as stupid is when I have my M.O.T.. I have to pay twice the car rate because another government dept’ (Dept’ of Transport) has it as a commercial vehicle ?. Why are VED tax rates such a shambles. Does the Government want to destroy the jobs of people in the leisure industry on top of everything else they touch.

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