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Joint letter calls on the Government to change first year vehicle excise duty to protect people’s health

27 February 2017

Campaign for Better Transport, along with 12 other NGOs and charities, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, urging him to take action ahead of the Budget and consider reforming vehicle excise duty (VED).

The letter calls on the Chancellor to implement a one off payment of £800 on the first year rate for new diesel cars, not including existing diesel cars, with the additional money raised to be used to fund measures to reduce harmful levels of air pollution.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport said: “Diesel cars are a major source of pollution in the UK and this new payment will go some way towards funding air quality measures, such as car scrappage schemes, which will help reduce our already dangerous levels of air pollution.  

"We want to see a smart scrappage scheme that supports greener alternatives such as season tickets, e-bikes, or car club membership.

“No-one can hide from the devastating damage that vehicle emissions are causing to our environment and so we urge the Chancellor to help protect people’s health and introduce the new Vehicle Excise Duty payment in his next budget.”


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read the full letter to the Chancellor below.
  2. Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  3. Read more from Campaign for Better Transport on air pollution – Air pollution matters
  4. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).