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

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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.

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