Smart Transport

EV progress leaves Treasury facing tax challenge

To address its green agenda, the Government wants drivers to go electric, but that will leave a big hole in fuel duty income, says Mark Smulian

There is in Sandwich, Kent, an obscure lane to a lonely stretch of beach which one must pay £7 to drive along, while names like ‘Turnpike Cottage’ recall a time from the 18th century onwards when it was perfectly normal to pay to use some roads.

Road pricing is truly nothing new and its best-known UK example, the London congestion charge, is some 18 years old.