Cleaning up our vehicle fleet is a vital step towards doing our bit to combat climate change. There’s currently a debate happening in Britain about how to go about this. Some of the options:
- Have a compulsory traffic light labelling scheme on cars. vehicles would have green, amber or red labels which tell you how fuel-efficient a car you intend to buy is. The labels would also give you an estimate of how much you would have to pay on fuel to run the car for a year.
- Tax vehicles proportional to how fuel-efficient they are. So, owners of high-consumption luxury vehicles would pay a lot; owners of ultra-efficient cars would pay nothing.
- A variation on the tax differentiation proposal would be to use fees paid by fuel-hungry vehicles to give grants to people who want to buy ultra-clean cars.
The Independent has the full story here (hattip, Andrew).
Jeanette has long argued that once polluting cars are in the country, it’s too late. Rather, you should tackle the problem at source. The mechanism she favours is holding car importers to an average fuel-efficiency standard. So, a car importer could choose to import a whole lot of cars of average efficiency. Or, an importer could choose to import some gas-guzzlers and mitigate that by also importing some very fuel-efficient cars.