Tax dodge for dirty vans
Vans used in the construction industry will dodge the new commercial vehicle tax hike announced by Gordon Brown yesterday - because they are so messy.
Link: Budget 2004
Commercial van owners that use their vehicles privately will be charged a flat rate tax of £3,000 from 2007 – a sixfold increase on the current rate of £500, but unclean vans are more likely to be used only for work purposes and not for private use.
A spokesman for the Construction Confederation said their members will not be affected as much as those people whose vans are used in cleaner industries.
‘Because of the state of builders’ vans, it is easier to make it clear [to the Inland Revenue] that it won’t be used privately,’ the spokesman said.