New car tax pay per mile changes may encourage drivers to ‘cheat’ and ‘avoid paying’

New car tax pay per mile changes may encourage drivers to ‘cheat’ and ‘avoid paying’

A new car tax system could see many drovers tempted to use an “illegitimate means to avoid paying tax” on the roads. He warns some drivers could introduce technology to a black box system which would “camouflage” the real mileage they have driven.

This would leave some drivers able to “falsify” their mileage and pay less than what they have actually driven.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Freeman said: “If you start charging people per mile then people are going to start trying to cheat.

“There are systems that can be put into place and software which can be introduced to interfere with the black box.

“Their travelling would be camouflaged, it would be masked.

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However, it has not yet been confirmed whether any black boxes will be installed in cars under a pay per mile scheme or if they would be similar to insurance devices.

There are also concerns whether any black box tracker device would have any issues which could go against drivers.

Last year it was revealed insurers have sometimes told customers they were driving badly when their cars were parked up.

One driver was accused of driving over the English Channel to France when his car was stationary on a ferry.

Government revenues will take a hit as more cars switch to electric vehicles through the loss of traditional Vehicle Excise Duty and fuel duty charges.

Mr Freeman told Express.co.uk: “I’d be very concerned about the black box because it’s an invasion of privacy and it’s open to abuse.

“I don’t think we need it and I don’t think society would tolerate it.”

The Department for Transport has noxt yet confirmed any road pricing structures despite rumours a scheme could be on its way.

They said it was important revenue from car tax continued to “keep pace” with the changes on the road to continue to fund public infrastructure.

They said any new changes to the tax system would be considered by the Chancellor with any further steps announced in due course.

Published at Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:01:23 +0000