It is no secret that the government here in the United Kingdom are trying to get people to ditch their gas guzzlers and buy new fuel-efficient vehicles.
Some of the things that they are doing include offering grants to people who buy brand new electric vehicles such as the Renault Zoe and the BMW i3, and even offering a £0 rate for vehicle excise duty (i.e. car tax) on really efficient cars.
But not all people can afford to buy electric cars, which can cost nearly double the price of petrol or diesel equivalents in some cases!
So, the question is, do you think there is enough being done to entice consumers in Britain to spend the extra cash on brand new cars which are more eco-friendly, or will we simply be buying used cars from dealers such as motorlinedirect.co.uk because they cost much less to buy and have a lower total cost of ownership?
Personally, I think there is more that both the government and the motor industry as a whole could do to encourage people to buy and use greener cars on our roads today. Here are just a few suggestions that I think would entice punters like you and I to buy new fuel-efficient and eco-friendly cars:
Make new cars cheaper to buy
One thing that I find really annoying about the motor industry is that it is deemed perfectly acceptable to charge vast sums of money for brand new cars, and yet you lose a minimum of 40% of the value over the first three years of ownership through depreciation!
Im willing to bet that not all motorists in the UK are aware of this fact, and if everyone was aware of it, there would more people buying used cars than new ones. After all, who wants to spend £15,000 on a brand new car when its only going to be worth £9,000 at the most after 3 years!
I know that carmakers spend a lot of time and money developing new models, but when you hear of companies such as Ford making profits of US $2.6 billion, they could afford to lower the prices of brand new cars (and at the same time encourage rapid growth in our fledgling economy).
Abolish vehicle excise duty
Instead of making motorists pay a tax for the privilege of driving on roads with more potholes in them than the surface of the moon, they should abolish vehicle excise duty and instead tax carmakers per vehicle produced.
A sympathetic government might do this in exchange for say a slight discount in the rate of corporation tax the company pays, and getting a guarantee that the carmaker will not try to increase the price of the car by passing those tax costs on to us again!
Offer fuel duty rebates for green cars
The owners of cars with low CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions that have petrol or diesel engines should be given a fuel duty rebate which could be claimed for say two or three years!
Car manufacturers and the government could work together to produce a system where each time the owner or driver of a car fills up, and the filling station can confirm that the fuel was pumped into the green car, a rebate off the cost of fuel duty could be given at the pump.
Not only would this make green motoring cheaper, but it would mean that consumers wouldnt have to waste time dealing with red tape in order to get their rebates!