Industry expects CO2 tax for commercial vehicles
02 May 2007
Business van industry bosses have backed predictions that the introduction of official mpg and CO2 figures for LCVs will lead to a tax system based on these figures.
As exclusively revealed by BusinessCar, new European regulations mean that from 1 January 2008 all LCV makers will have to publish official mpg and CO2 figures, which could lead to a new way of taxing vans.
Talking to industry bosses at the CV Show, all thought a van tax system based on CO2 was a distinct possibility.
Most outspoken on the matter was Vauxhall boss Bill Parfitt's assessment: "Your story's hit the point. They've [the authorities] gone off half-cocked again.
"We're not worried about it because our engines are good. Whatever the rules, we're likely to be better than the average."
Ford CV boss Steve Kimber said: "I can see the possibility of a CO2 based van tax system and certainly having the figures leads down that avenue."
Nissan's CV sales and marketing boss Mark Lovett added: "From the Government point of view, it's probably their end goal."