Classic cars should not be taxed same as commuter cars warns Car SOS host

Why motorists could pay more in car tax in 2022

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Tim Fuzz, host of the car restoration show said classic cars were a “different kettle of fish” as historic vehicle owners tended to use their cars less. He claimed traditionally, owners of older cars would do a “miniscule” amount of driving which would not warrant any extra fees.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The honest truth is most people who love classic cars probably drive 100 miles a year.

“Hardly anything at all.

“It’s the project, I think in most classic car owners the love affair they have with it.

“That’s 80 percent of it.

“The actual driving is absolutely miniscule.

“I don’t have a problem with people converting them to EVs.

“But I don’t think the Government should see them and tax them in the same way they tax modern cars. People commute to work and back in and sit in traffic for two hours or four hours every day.

“It’s a completely different kettle of fish.”

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Drivers can currently apply for a historic tax exemption if their cars are older than 40 years old.

From April 1 2021, cars built before January 1 1981 have not needed to pay tax fees as long as owners apply for an exemption.

This historic tax class means drivers do not pay traditional Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) fees.

Many city-wide Clean Air Zone charges also allow classic cars as long as they have a historic tax exemption class in place.

However, your vehicle will not be exempt from fees if its use for hire or rewards such as a taxi.

Exemptions will also not apply if a historic vehicle is used commercially for a trade or business.

Last year, campaigners attempted to lower the tax exemption age for models built in the past 30 years.

However, the proposal was not taken forward by the Government despite receiving thousands of signatures.

The comments also come after the Transport Select Committee recently released its report into a new road pricing pay per mile scheme.

They have recommended the Government look into a new system based on telematics technology.

Previously exempt vehicles such as EVs are likely to be included under the new scheme.

However, the report does not mention what could happen to the historic tax class so this is probably likely to remain in place.

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