The Energy Saving Trust (EST), experts in transport energy efficiency, today launches 'Agenda for change - action for a low carbon society', proposing a new band of Vehicle Excise Duty for vehicles emitting 220 or more grammes of CO2 per kilometre - or a further £150 on top of the existing top rate of tax. This would nearly double the existing top band, taking it to around £320.
EST recommends government adopts new home and transport energy efficiency targets for improvements of 2% each, every year. This would cut CO2 emissions by a similar figure annually. It admits these measures are ‘aggressive’.
'The tax system should be used to increase incentives for fuel efficient vehicles. This should be accompanied by a programme delivering clear environmental information for vehicle buyers and drivers,' said EST chairman, Eddie Hyams.