Introduce a pay-per-mile road tax to cut emissions and build a fairer, greener future

Introduce a pay-per-mile road tax to cut emissions and build a fairer, greener future

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By Miles started this petition to Grant Shapps (Secretary of State for Transport)

Pollution from fuel-based transport is the single biggest contributor to the UK’s carbon emissions, but drivers looking to reduce their mileage aren’t being properly supported in doing so.

Lockdown taught us that it’s possible to drive less when you don’t need to. The recent cutback in emissions may have saved as many as 3,425 lives after the improvement in air quality impacted people with pre-existing medical conditions (like Asthma or Diabetes).

But drivers looking to lower their mileage are faced with non-existent incentives from the Government. They don’t have access to practical advice on how to reduce their mileage, nor do they feel financially encouraged to do so.

Cheaper car tax for lower mileage drivers makes sense. Car tax is currently charged as a fixed amount, regardless of car usage - and not all drivers can afford to unlock cheaper tax rates currently available by buying an expensive electric vehicle. Higher mileage drivers produce more emissions, and cause more wear and tear to our roads so should pay more to use them.

This tax should be used to invest in our roads, in order to maintain road conditions, improve public transport infrastructure and to support initiatives like establishing more cycle lanes, low traffic neighbourhoods and pedestrianised streets.

We urge the Government to adopt a fairer approach to lower mileage drivers, charging and taxing motorists for the miles they actually drive and rewarding those who drive less.

We believe a new model would not only save most drivers money, but also help us all to continue reducing emissions - however we choose to travel. 

We want:

1) A pay-per-mile road tax, rewarding people for driving less. Either through increasing fuel duty or using mileage readings taken during an MOT.

2) Car tax to be ring-fenced and actually spent on improving our roads - not just for drivers.

3) Practical advice for drivers from the Government around lowering carbon emissions.

Car tax will be #BetterByMiles

For more information, read our full blog post.

Photo by Timo Newton-Syms.

Learn about pay-per-mile car insurance: bymiles.co.uk

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