Imster - this is a superb idea and you are a top man indeed. :star:imster said:following on from that here is another link:
Take's under 5 minutes and they will send a fax to your MP.
They reply by letter usually within two weeks.
Given the results of the Henley By-Election yesterday, Labour are close to a U-Turn on this issue.
This is more effective than petition above as you're speaking directly to people who can change it. And if you feel strongly about it please do it, as it will influence the result.
We all live in different areas & if we all send a snot-o-fax to our local MP telling us what we think (i) it will hopefully put pressure on the clowns in government right now and (ii) give the next government food for thought.Announced in the budget on 12th March 2008 were increases in Vehicle Excise Duty. These announcements made reference to the fact that they were retrospective and affect all cars dating back to 2001.
Owning an older car and keeping it running is FAR more environmentally friendly than scrapping it and manufacturing a new one, no matter how much more efficient then new car is. The manufacturing process creates huge amounts of CO2.
Owners of older cars do not have choice - potential purchasers of new cars do.
I own a [year] Volkswagen Golf as a family car and this now falls into the £400 per year tax bracket. The increase in VED has seriously damaged the prices of family cars such as mine and almost completely removed any demand in the used car market meaning that I would also be unable to sell it without losing thousands of pounds.
Could I ask for your support in calling for a reversal of this unfair policy?
You need to keep doing this, folks!sdmac27 said:A bit late now seeing as labour managed to survive the vote but I sent my letter off nonetheless.
Dear Mr. *****
Thank you for your email of 29 June
While it is true that the lifetime carbon emmisions from cars and front-end loaded by virtue of the manufacturing process, scrapping a high-emission car and replacing it with a low-emission one will result in a reduction in carbon emissions if the high emission vehicle is taken off the roadand the low emission one is run for a number of years.
I do not regard the proposed changes in Vehicle Excise Duty as "retrospective" in the ture sense that the term is nomally applied to taxation issues. Retrospective taxation is when tax matter relating to previous years are reopend and higher tax charges imposed in respect of past income of expenditure decisions.
A change in Vehicle Excise Duty which is introduced in respect of future years is no different because it happens to apply to existing cars as well as new ones. Indeed as far as I am aware nearly all past changes in VED during previous Conservative and Labour Governments have always been introduced in this way.
In any even the collapse in the second-hand market for certain types of car is caused by many factors, including higher fuel prices, changes in VED and a recognition that demand in future will be much greater for low-emission vehicles.
I am afraid therefore that although I sympathise with the consequences for your personally of these proposals. I am not able to to campaign for their reversal as you request.
Thank you for your email regarding the impact of Vehicle Excise Duty.
You have articulated a reasoned case and I have taken on board the valid points you have raised. As a consequence of your representations I am persuaded to sign the Early Day Motion which states:
"That this House is concerned at the retrospective effect of the vehicle excise duty changes announced in Budget 2008 to take effect from 2009; and asks the Government to reconsider".
I hope this is a helpful response to your enquiry on Vehicle Excise Duty.
Tom Clarke MP