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Cutting Budgets Rather Than Cutting Emissions

If only we could cut our emissions as well as the government can cut budgets!

The Observer broke the news regarding the government back tracking on green initiatives, low emission vehicle grants could be reduced or removed altogether as the government look to to cut back on grants. Grants offered for full electric cars could be reduced and plugin hybrids could see grants disappear altogether.

Grants currently available offer £4,500 towards cars which emit less than 50g/km and cover over 70 miles emission free - this could see a drop to £3,500. Whilst a car which emits less that 50g/km and covers at least 10 miles in electric mode currently gets £2,500, look as if this grant will be removed altogether.
It is said that a possible cap will be implemented based on the total value of the car, which will effect cars over £60,000 such as the likes of Jaguar and Tesla.

Jaguar I-Pace

Alternative fuel vehicle sales

This news will hit hard as we have been seeing a steady increase of drivers opting for cleaner fueled cars, and with the government banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Once again seeing drivers being hit hard by government decisions. The other worrying aspect is the damage this will have on the UK’s green credentials as drivers loose grants to encourage them to drive cleaner. The Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders shows there has been a real increase in sales with many drivers taking advantage of the plug-in grant, in fact 40,410 cars have been sold in the UK within the first 9 months of 2018.

Surely cutting back on the grants will discourage drivers to opt for cleaner fuels?