First reg. duty brings in cash but ‘no sign of green benefits’

MORE than half a million pounds has been raised since the introduction of the first registration duty in May, a Driver and Vehicle Licensing spokesman has said.


Of the 2,402 new and second-hand vehicles that have been registered since 1 May, just over 1,270 vehicles and motorcycles have been subject to the duty.

‘So far, a total of £507,000 has been raised, the spokesman said. ‘This money is used to fund Integrated Transport Strategy initiatives.’

Around a third of cars – 598 – and two-thirds of motorcycles – 189 – were exempt due to their low carbon dioxide emissions or engine size.

However, it is not clear if the charge is encouraging people to buy vehicles which emit lower emissions.

Guernsey Motor Trades Association president Andrew Sparks, pictured, said he had seen no move in that direction, because of the duty, or customers being persuaded that they should look at alternatives due to carbon dioxide emissions.

Comments for: "First reg. duty brings in cash but ‘no sign of green benefits’"


I would be interested to find out how many vehicles de-registered in Guernsey during the same period, i.e. how may were scrapped, exported etc. We can't keep filling our tiny island up with vehicles below the tax threshold or not.

There must be incentives for getting rid of polluting, old vehicles which are ending up here after failing emissions tests in the UK. We need a testing system to make sure our vehicles are fit for purpose.

Mr Bee

In the UK big incentives are available on new electric cars. A total of just under £9k saving on a BMW i3 + a free home charge station, and now thousands of charge stations across the UK, most free to charge. Guernsey 0.


So which tax do you consider raising to pay for this subsidy? Have you considered how many miles around Guernsey you would have to drive to make this worthwhile, especially when you factor in at least £5k for replacement batteries?

I found your comments interesting so looked at the reports online and think you'd need to buy two i3's to save £9k and presume a home charge station is not much more than a plug adaptor, plus the range and recharging time is such that you'd still need a second car if you were travelling off island.

The local policy of encouraging small car use makes much more sense, I have a Smart car that I use whenever possible and because we aren't penalised for owning more than one car I have a larger car when it's needed.

Donkey Boiler

After the Salarie spending spree, that's over £400,000 left for spendthrift Brehaut to squander on bringing Guernsey to a standstill. However, Brehaut still claims that it's not taxpayers' money. So, Baz, where does it come from???

Island Wide Voting


Bas will say as YB said in the great 'bring the island to a standstill' 2014 debate that it is a 'charge' and not a tax ... based on the fact that you can avoid a charge but you cannot avoid a tax


So despite the GMTA’s doom gloom and horror predictions around the charges for the motor industry ….. nothing happened? It has just raised half a million quid for the islands coffers?

100% Donkey

Oh people are looking at alternatives - they're not buying. The local motor industry is on its ass.

There aren't many dealers making a profit and some of the bigger garages are haemorrhaging money. Whilst all the 'greenies' may think registration fees and lower fuel usage is a good thing, maybe they would like to make up the shortfall in taxation ??

In the next decade, electric cars are going to take over and then we'll need to find another £20 million per annum !!


The 507K will go to Bazs gang and will be spent as badly as the debacle at La Salerie. It would be better in the islands coffers rather than financial waste of spaces.


When I go walking I am often surprised at the number of properties around the island which have their own scrap yards. Presumably they are never being driven, but nobody needs a dozen or more vehicles rusting away outside. It can't be very pleasant for the neighbours, so perhaps these people should be dissuaded. Maybe there should be an annual tax on every vehicle until it is properly scrapped or exported. Or maybe a refund of the first registration duty. Either way, it would tidy the island up a bit.


Exactly. Take the property in Les Blicqs as an example; hard to know how many vehicles are hidden on that property and must be polluting the ground. If we are lead to believe that the whole island is a water cachment area then why has this situation not been rectified by Environment?

Also there are some locally registered cars not even on the island and if someone leaves the island on local plates and eventually re-registers there car somewhere else do we keep the car on the books as locally registered?!


Wasn't this supposed to go to the bus subsidy? A full breakdown of the stats is needed, how many are second hand cars? How do new car registrations compare to other years?


Some two years ago there was a 4 digit reg Guernsey van abandoned at the Marina on the

island of Corfu. How did it get there and why?