New car tax changes could ‘hit hard’ for key workers and low income families

A new pay per mile scheme is currently being considered by the Chancellor but it could impact many motorists.

If it goes ahead, it would mean road users have to pay a fee for each mile they travel, instead of a yearly rate.

Experts have previously warned the car tax changes could cause "firms to go bust" if it gets the green light.

Now others have warned the new scheme could "hit hard" for key workers and those on low incomes.

Daniel Briggs, the managing director of Motorfinity, says those travelling long distance for work should be exempt from the charges.

He also fears key workers could really be impacted by the changes.

He told Express.co.uk: "Those already at breaking point such as essential workers and those on lower incomes, would be particularly hard hit by a pay-per-mile scheme.

"The scheme would need to consider exemptions for our emergency services and road users where travel is essential to keep us safe and protected.

"At this point, it is unclear whether essential workers, crucial to the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the disease, will be exempt from this change.

"Many of these people must have access to the road and not be penalised for longer journeys where patients require much more dedicated and regular care."

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According to stats from FairFuelUK, families are likely to be impacted by the new changes.

It found drivers currently spend around £1,500 to cover 10,000 miles when adding petrol filling costs and VED charges.

However, a 75p per mile charge could see motorists fork a whopping £7,500 a year.

The scheme is still under consideration so there have been no announcements as to how much it'll cost.

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