New car tax changes may lead to 'privacy issues' with tracking devices fitted in cars

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New car tax changes could see a pay per mile system instead of an emissions-based scheme as more drivers switch to electric vehicles. Experts have previously warned black box telematic systems may need to be installed in vehicles to monitor drivers overall miles and administer charges.

Richard Alvin, owner of electric car experts, EV Powered, has previously predicted the charges could stand around 75p per mile.

With the average motorist travelling up to 10,000 miles each year, road users would be forced to pay £7,500 in annual mileage costs.

Mr Alvin has warned the added charges could see road users abandon family events or lose their jobs through the added expense of using the roads regularly.

Mr Cox also attacked the charges, warning drivers in rural areas would be most affected by the new proposals.

“The algorithm to work this all out, so it is fair for all and not damage the economy and community cohesion, will be complex indeed.”

When asked about whether any new road pricing scheme would include tracking devices, the Department for Transport declined to comment.

However, the DfT added revenues from motoring taxes must keep pace with change on the roads.

This was important to maintain funding for public services and infrastructure families across the UK expect.

They say any changes to the tax system will be considered by the Chancellor with any further steps announced in due course.

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