Homeowners without driveways have ‘no choice’ but to pay higher tax in ‘two-tier system’

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at AA said the Government risks creating a system where as many as 30 percent of homeowners could “struggle”.He said this could create a “two-tier system” which could deter people from making the switch.

He said: “For most drivers, the opportunity to charge an EV in their garage, on their driveway or in a dedicated parking space offers cheaper running costs.

“However, for the 30 percent of homeowners with no access to dedicated off-street parking or workplace charging, they have no choice but to pay the rates set on the public charging network.

“On the road to electrification, we cannot allow one group of drivers to benefit while others struggle.

“In effect, [this creates] a two-tier system of have and have-nots.

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In comparison, those charging on the public network will pay around 20 percent VAT to top up their vehicles.

The Transport Committee has warned the Government “must protect the consumer from excessive charges” when topping up in public.

The Committee warned some 30 percent of households do not have access to off-street parking and are set to face high rates.

The Energy Saving Trust has argued local authorities should consider the Government’s new proposed building regulations.

He said: “Without reliable, affordable and accessible public charging, households without off-street parking will be left behind.

“With the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles fast approaching, it’s crucial that we act now to ensure this doesn’t happen.

“This means ramping up the installation of on-street charging solutions across the board – from densely populated urban to remote rural areas.

“We have to ensure that where someone lives isn’t a barrier to driving electric.”

The Committee has also warned of the possible risks to those who live in rural areas away from major cities.

They said drivers here do not have access to off-street charging meaning those without plugs at home may struggle to top up their vehicles at all.

However, the Government said it was “absolutely sure” rural areas would have much better charge facilities within one year.

Published at Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:03:00 +0000

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