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Motoring Taxation in the United Kingdom

Tax concession for green cars could be raised

A tax concession for environmentally friendly cars may be increased to lessen the impact of the proposed steep rise in the first registration tax for vehicles.

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011, 12:00am

Why minibus owners stall on seat belts

Safety is taking a back seat to environment-friendliness for Hong Kong's minibus operators.

Many continue to run old minibuses without seat belts as they wait for less polluting vehicles that are suitable for the city's traffic.

21 May 2010 - 12:00am

Incentive offered on green taxis and buses

The first-registration tax for commercial vehicles meeting stringent Euro V emission standards will be reduced or waived in the hope of improving roadside air quality.

Taxis, minibuses and non-franchised buses will enjoy a full tax waiver, while owners of goods vehicles will pay 30 to 50 per cent less, depending on their weight.

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mayor bids for third term with add-on to congestion tax


It was hailed as a great civic success - a pioneering project to cut traffic, speed up journey times, force more motorists onto public transport, and cut carbon emissions and fumes, making London a more enjoyable place to live and work.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Government's efforts to reduce car ownership are outdated

Given that the government is continuing to ignore the importance of introducing road pricing to the clotted arterial thoroughfares of our great city, it may be worth considering how wide of the mark officials are with their policies towards private motoring.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Drivers rally for halving of fuel duty

About 100 drivers of trucks, minibuses and taxis staged a slow-drive protest in Tsing Yi yesterday, calling on the government to halve the duty on diesel.

Organised by the Joint Committee of the Transport Trade on Monitoring Fuel Prices, the protesters demanded it be cut from $1.11 a litre to $0.55 a litre.

17 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

In Brief

Motorist killed in crash

A 30-year-old man was killed when his car rammed into the railings of a safety island and then hit a minibus at the junction of King's Road and Oil Street in North Point.

23 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Drivers respond to increased fines for smoky vehicles

Fewer drivers have been fined and a lower number of smoky vehicles identified since the Government increased fines for excessive exhaust emissions.

Police issued a total of 452 fixed-penalty tickets to drivers of smoky vehicles in December, representing a 19 per cent decrease from November. A total of 559 tickets were issued in November.

17 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Police do take action over abandoned vehicles

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Clear bikes' (South China Morning Post, December 17) on abandoned motorcycles.

It is a duty of police officers on patrol to take action against vehicles parked illegally or causing obstruction.

31 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Volunteers charged with reporting smoky vehicles say tougher measures are

A SCHEME to get the worst smoke-spewing cars off the road has been dismissed as useless by the people charged with making it work.

Volunteer 'spotters' - who have the power to report smoky vehicles to the Environmental Protection Department - say the system is seriously flawed.

29 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Call to arms over foul air

Every day, Michael Porro steps out of his office in Hollywood Road and promptly coughs, chokes and wipes his weepy eyes. When he can see, the highly regarded professional photographer reaches into his camera bag, gets out a notebook and pen, and starts writing down licence numbers of vehicles which pour out black smoke as they chug up the steep slope.

25 May 1998 - 12:00am

Disabled must drive to avoid car tax

A disabled man's application for exemption from car tax was refused because he could not drive the special vehicle he wanted to import, it was revealed yesterday.

The vehicle had been altered to allow him to get into the passenger side and an able-bodied person would drive it.

8 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Angered by irregularities

Sometimes it is difficult to understand what role the Legislative Council has in maintaining the 'fairness' of the social system here.

The reason for my saying so is that Legco, on the one hand, shows a 'citizen-guardian-like' image when government expenditure is discussed and yet, on the other hand, it is turning a blind eye to some irregularities.

14 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Tax discounts offer drivers incentive to scrap old cars

MOTORISTS chugging along with old cars are being offered big tax incentives to upgrade to new vehicles.

A new Government scheme makes them eligible for a tax discount of 20 per cent or up to $30,000 if they scrap their old car.

9 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Vehicle exhaust polluters must cough up

THE most basic form of air pollution that everyone is aware of is emissions from motor vehicles. I walk along the roads daily and I see so many vehicles emitting foul black smoke.

19 Dec 1995 - 12:00am