UKIP would scrap road tax for cars over 25 years old

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As part of its manifesto UKIP has pledged to scrap road tax for all vehicles over 25 years old "to help protect the enduring legacy of the motor industry and our classic and historic vehicles", according to party leader, Nigel Farage.

This would mean that any vehicle built in early 1990 or before would be exempt from car tax, which currently costs drivers of cars registered before 2001 £230 per year for vehicles with engines larger than 1549cc and £145 for smaller-engined models.

Other transport policies from UKIP include removing tolls where feasible and only permitting speed cameras close to schools and residential areas and in specific accident black spots, reports Motoring Research.

UKIP has also pledged to hit foreign HGVs crossing into the UK from Europe with a tax of up to £2,000, helping UK operators to be competitive against hauliers from the continent in terms of price. This results from the fact that HGVs registered abroad have a price advantage due to the cheaper fuel costs in mainland Europe, though UKIP is yet to declare whether it will adjust fuel duty rates imposed in the UK.

The Liberal Democrats, however, are proposing much more dramatic changes to motoring policy, with the aim to outlaw petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Only 'ultra-low emissions vehicles' that emit less than 75g/km of CO2 would be allowed – a group of models which are all either electric or plug-in electric hybrids currently.

Goods vehicles, however, would not have to follow the same rules. Central to the Lib Dem's policy is the promotion of fuel cell electric vehicles and the introduction of a nationwide hydrogen-fueling network to provide a viable alternative to current petrol and diesel models.