UPDATE: This post is completely wrong in its main point, the government has reduced the duty on electric and hybrid cars to zero, which is great. Thank you for Way Of The Dodo for pointing this out
I see a lot of new cars on the road, which depresses me. My car is about about 15 years old and I used to be reassured to see that everyone else had pretty much frozen in the same era. Car taxes being so high, my old car was actually gaining value. Now, alas, it seems like every other car has paper plates. There are new Toyota Vitz’s, new Chinese SUVs, new trucks, new jeeps. Since they dropped the car taxes, car sales have really risen. It’s not that I want a new Vitz or SUV or jeep, though. What I really want is a hybrid or electric car, a Prius or a Leaf or a Volt. Those cars depend on tax breaks to become profitable, but of these magical cars we have none. In a country where the tax policy could so easily encourage future cars, it’s a shame that we’re still importing the past.
Personally, I think we should drop the duty on hybrid and electric cars to zero, reduce the dirty on our streets, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It’s a simply bit of policy the government could do, since dropping taxes is easier than raising them. But alas, no fuzzy dice.