BUDGET 2017 - IMPACT ON UK DRIVERS
Motoring editor at Confused.com, Amanda Stretton, comments on how the Chancellor’s budget will impact UK drivers. She says:
“The Chancellor’s budget will deliver some small wins for drivers, including the freezing of fuel duty, which will come as a relief after the recent cost hikes in both car insurance and fuel.
“Drivers will welcome the £400m Mr Hammond has allocated to fund the development of electric vehicle charging points. Our research shows 58% of motorists blame the lack of available charging points as the reason for not wanting to switch to a greener vehicle, with only 7% of drivers willing to consider an electric car for their next purchase.
However, some frustration may come for drivers looking to purchase a new car next year. From April 2018, the first year vehicle excise duty (VED) tax rate for diesel cars that fail to meet the latest standards, will go up by one band.
It’s crucial that the government doesn't penalise drivers with further costs and considers more positive measures to get diesel vehicles off our roads, like offering competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.”
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