● Current taxes are already big enough to deter people from buying a new car, and the tax advantages for EVs are already big enough.
● Hybrids are part of the transition and possibly the only solution for long-distance motoring, so their development should be encouraged rather than discouraged.
● Older cars should be allowed to continue on our roads. Less well-off people shouldn’t be priced out of personal mobility.
● Cars have given massive benefits to individuals and industry in this country. The government must recognise that these are still relevant.
Andrew Morley, Somerset
● Establish a legally binding strategy by requiring all local authorities and transport providers to commit to their underlying strategic plans.
● Provide a legal framework to permit EVs to access all roads with improved parking, thus making our towns and cities vibrant, quiet and clean places.
● Provide sensibly priced EV charging at lamp-posts. This could overcome the loss of VED as EVs become more popular, effectively taxing usage to pay for infrastructure.
● Scrappage incentives for pre-Euro 4 petrol cars and pre-Euro 6 diesels would be helpful.
● Permit out-of-town use of all current vehicles until they reach their end of life, thus avoiding waste of useful vehicles and providing poorer drivers with personal transport at a reasonable cost.
● Provide better out-of-town EV charging and integrate cars and vans into the public transport network so that parking, runways, road and rail layouts and pricing all incentivise park-and-ride, cycling and walking.
● Support the transport industry by ensuring that firms feel valued and have the legally bound strategy against which they can focus investment and design.
Richard Lofthouse, London
● The phase-out date of 2035 is improbable. We need primary legislation and a year-by-year roadmap between 2020 and 2035 to get there. Road pricing should replace fuel duty.
● I agree with the recent decision to pull the subsidy on plug-in hybrids, because you can’t govern whether these are charged. I would incentivise full hybrids; if everyone drove one of these by 2025, that would be a much bigger gain than having a sprinkling of drivers in EVs but the majority still in ICE-only cars by 2035.
● Most of the ICE vehicles made and sold now will still be trundling around in 2035. The current ‘oversupply of the wrong stuff’ imbalance in model ranges must be addressed now. The regulatory environment is far too liberal.
● Van drivers need generous subsidies and better vehicle choices, otherwise it’s just not going to happen.