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Classic cars and slow tractors to be exempted from anti-pollution tax

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VERY old cars and speed-restricted tractors are to be exempted from an increase in an anti-pollution tax on motor vehicles approved in the 2016 Budget.

The approval of the Budget means that from next year, many motorists will pay higher levels of Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED) – a tax paid when vehicles are first registered in the Island based on their level of carbon dioxide emissions.

St John Constable Chris Taylor lodged an amendment for the changes to VED to be withdrawn, but it was narrowly defeated by 23 votes to 20, with one abstention.

Two amendments to the proposals on VED were approved by the States Assembly, however. Grouville Constable John Le Maistre lodged an amendment for any vehicles more than 50 years old to continue being exempt from VED.

Deputy David Johnson lodged an amendment to freeze the existing levels of VED on any tractors which are limited to a top speed of 26 mph. He said that applying VED on a tractor would not influence a farmer's decision on whether to buy it or not.

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