This is a very mixed message concerning the car "Green Tax" in the UK, however this may be a common view point held by many of us. There seems to be a fine balance of what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to paying more tax to "save the world".
Source:Scotsman By Dani Garavelli
OUTSIDE my home on the south side of Glasgow stands my three-year-old 1.6-litre Vauxhall Zafira. To be honest it doesn't cut much of a dash situated as it is in a leafy suburb which boasts more than its fair share of Jaguars, Mercedes' and BMWs.
Muddy, full of sweet wrappers and packed to the gunwales with children, scooters and other paraphernalia, it does pretty much what it says on the tin: it's a modest, functional car just big enough to comfortably accommodate a family of five and a couple of friends.
Many nearby drives contain two or even three cars, but we only have the one – and we clock up just 7,000 miles a year. Taking into account the fact that all seven seats of our Zafira are filled up on a regular basis (leaving us, I have to say, virtually no boot space) I reckon we are as environmentally-friendly as it is possible to be in the circumstances. Unfortunately, the Government seems to think otherwise. Because under its new 'green' banded vehicle excise duty scheme, we – along with around nine million others – face a car tax hike of 24% over two years.