Former transport minister attacks governments car-tax hike plan
26 September 2008

The government's car-tax hike plan has been attacked by a former transport minister.

Stephen Ladyman, who served as minister of state for transport from May 2005 to June 2007, criticised the car while addressing a meeting at the Labour party conference. The VED tax hike is "unfair because it is retrospective and politically unwise because it hits our heartland of Labour voters," said Ladyman.

"We need the co-operation of drivers if we're going to get people's behaviour to change," he later told Autocar.Ladyman was inside government in the Department for Transport when plans to beef up the link between VED and carbon emissions was first mooted.

"We told the Treasury that an increase of a few hundred pounds wouldn't affect buyers when they chose the car," he said.Instead the proposal, which is retrospective on cars registered after 2001, has damaged used car values, rendering the average five or seven-year old family hatchback, MPV and 4x4 worthless overnight.

On older, cheaper cars the proposed tax hike forms a much bigger part of the car's running cost.

"That's what I can't understand about this proposal - the people most affected are mostly Labour voters," said Ladyman. "We've got the basic politics in this wrong."

Julian Rendell

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26 September 2008

Oi Ladyman your tax disc is out!

Ladyman, gamekeeper turned poacher - he's on your side!

What could possibly have caused Ladyboy to come out against this pernicious, dressed up as "green" TAX? Could it be his wafer-thin majority in Thanet, 664, Labour twenty per cent behind in the polls and the likelihood of an election within 12 months? Nah, he's just on the little man's side.

from 'theyworkforyou':

  • Voted moderately against a transparent Parliament. votes, speeches
  • Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban. votes, speeches
  • Voted strongly for introducing ID cards. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes, speeches
  • Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly for the hunting ban. votes, speeches
  • Voted very strongly for equal gay rights.

    Ladyboy, as the Yanks say, go auto-fornicate!

    27 September 2008

    No great surprise there then - a former government minister admitting that he only thinks they should do the sensible thing because it primarily affects his own party's supporters, no thoughts about what might be good for the general populace etc. Sounds pretty much like what seems to motivate all their policies.

    Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

    29 September 2008

    I thought it was post March 2001, not cars registered after 2001, which implies 1st Jan 2002 onwards.

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