Vehicles in the UK are grouped into tax bands
from A to G, depending on how much CO2
they emit. Cars ranked A and B are the greenest (and least taxed) while cars ranked G are the ones that emit the most CO2
(and drivers have to pay more). Since the tax bands were instituted, sales of A, B band cars have gone up
while sales of G band cars
have gone down. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
studied the trend in sales and predicts A and B will outsell G cars this year for the first time ever.
You don't have to worry about SUV tax turning up in your tax returns (if you live in the U.S.). If we get a carbon law at all, there won't be any taxes on cars according to a House white paper
on the topic. Most of the American presidential candidate's energy policies call for tax incentives
, but not penalties. If if could be implemented, how much of a tax would it take to change sales of SUVs? Canadians, for example, are taxed $4,000
for driving an un-green car. Would that stop you from buying an SUV?
[Source: This is London]