Autumn Statement impact for UK road users

Written by Ellie

Motorists up and down the country will have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of yesterday's (November 25th) Autumn Spending Review by the chancellor George Osborne, with many paying close attention to what this will mean for them.

Here we look at some of the main changes in the latest round of government budgets that will affect UK road users:

Increased expenditure on capital transport projects

The government has announced a 50 per cent increase in budgets for transport schemes during the course of this parliament, with a further £15 billion to be spent on resurfacing more than 80 per cent of the nation's strategic roads network.

Greater support for ultra low-emission vehicles (ULEV)

An additional £600 million is to be channelled into support for the UK ULEV sector, with the aim of ensuring 25 per cent of all Europe-wide ULEVs are manufactured in the UK in the future.

Tackling whiplash claims could lead to lower premiums

New reforms and a clampdown on the UK's "compensation culture" will aim to reduce the cost of whiplash claims to the insurance sector by up to £1 million per year, with the goal of these savings being passed on to the consumer.

Delay in the removal of diesel surcharge for Benefit in Kind car tax

Originally set to be removed in April next year, the government has pushed back plans for the removal of the diesel surcharge for Benefit in Kind car tax until April 2021.

No mention of fuel duty

Drivers across the UK may have also expected to hear of potential changes to fuel duty in the latest Autumn Statement announcement, but this was not to be.
The current level of tax on fuel for petrol and diesel car users will therefore remain at its present level until April 2016, after which time it remains to be seen as to whether or not inflationary increases will take place.


Posted on 26th November 2015

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