Reducing the carbon emissions of taxis

Proposer
Autumn-Leah
State

Accepted

Vote Score

2

Age

795 days


@Autumn-Leah edited transport.md - about 2 years ago

No new fossil-fuel powered vehicles may be sold in the UK after 2029.

Taxi Services

We will incentivise taxi companies to buy taxis with lower carbon emissions and none, via tax reductions on the company profits, scaled in a bracket system that takes business size, current carbon output, the carbon reductions made within the year, and the starting point when the entering the scheme into account when calculating the tax reduction. We will gather this data via mandating monthly inventory and accounts logging for businesses that enter the scheme, and by conducting random checks on the various businesses. This scheme would not be mandatory for business to enter into, but would allow them to openly publicize that they had joined the scheme as a means of marketing their business.

Scrap Vehicle Excise Duty

As Vehicle Excise Duty is associated with vehicle emissions, it seems fairer to tax

Xyleneb

@Xyleneb - about 2 years ago

Tax breaks in exchange for selling your data to the government is extortion by the backdoor.

Vote: ❎

Autumn-Leah

@Autumn-Leah - about 2 years ago

I'm anti-government-surveillance too (tbh I'm also anti-government), but businesses already consent to these kind of checks by the police if they believe something suspicious to be going on, and the government obviously checks over your income, so I don't see incentivising both financial and environmental accountability through this method as a bad thing, especially as it wouldn't be mandatory.

Xyleneb

@Xyleneb - about 2 years ago

I'm anti-government-surveillance too (tbh I'm also anti-government), but businesses already consent to these kind of checks by the police if they believe something suspicious to be going on, and the government obviously checks over your income, so I don't see incentivising both financial and environmental accountability through this method as a bad thing, especially as it wouldn't be mandatory.

Imagine being a cab driver. Your choice is to sell your freedom for those rebates, or to not be competitive.

I would support this policy for one reason alone: tax rebates for the workers of those companies, themselves.

Autumn-Leah

@Autumn-Leah - about 2 years ago

@Xyleneb Whilst I would support that, the reality is that the workers aren't the ones buying the cars for the company. Unless you're coming at this from the angle of the workers applying bottom up pressure for better cars due to the tax breaks that they'd be getting, but that doesn't really incentivise the businesses itself to do so unless they start striking or something.

I'm just trying to figure out how that would fit into the policy, because bottom up pressure would also help but wouldn't have as much effect unless you're proposing that both a business and worker exemption be legislated into the tax system.