Instead the trio has called for the Government to announce full details of the new system in Tuesday's Budget, as planned, but defer its introduction to March 1, 2001. In the March 1999 Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown outlined the new system of graduated vehicle excise duty for new cars based on carbon dioxide emissions to be introduced in autumn 2000 - believed to be October - although no consultation has taken place. Since then the Government has only announced that there will be four CO2 rate bands and that further information would be provided in Tuesday's Budget, although there are fears that the system may be further differentiated by fuel type and penalise diesel.
This week the three organisations told Timms: 'It is not possible for the industries we represent to prepare adequately for such a major new duty.' Delaying the launch date would, say the organisations, give the motor industry time to prepare for the new system and ensure definitive CO2 emissions data will be available for all new cars before the implementation date.