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Local Government To Influence Your Choice Of New Car

Local Government To Influence Your Choice Of New Car

In a surprise move that will enrage motorists everywhere, the Department of Transport has quietly announced that drivers in England will have to consult their local councils when the time comes to buy a new car. This new legislation slipped in under the radar as part of the extensive ‘Proposals for Local Growth’ plan, recently put forward by Lord Heseltine.

Car users in Scotland, Wales and NI will be unaffected – initially at least - presumably because the Westminster government is allowing them to decide for themselves in due course. The three additional parliaments may well follow suit although this has not been confirmed at this time.

Under the proposals, motorists will have to contact their local council to discuss the tax alternatives available to them which will be based on a variety of auto criteria. Specially trained ‘advisors’ will guide the new car buyer through the process of how the revenue for the Local Growth Road Surcharge, as it is to be known, will be collected.

This could be by way of a monthly addition to Council Tax payments or via a lien on salaries, for example. The exact amount will be calculated based on the number of seats, performance, CO² emissions and the Alcantara content of the chosen car’s interior. This last item is surprisingly included because the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has expressed deep concern about the, as they see it, persecution of the Alcantara population in the wild. They are suggesting the use of Draylon as an alternative material.

Unsurprisingly, spokespersons for the various motoring organisations were united in their condemnation of what they see as another assault on the hard-pressed motorist. In a statement they said “that once again, English drivers are being penalised for the simple pleasures of owning a car purely to maintain cash income for councillors”. The statement later referred to the fact that the Alcantaras used in the motor industry were all from especially reared farmed stock and that the creature is doing well in the wild.

In a further development, Motor Blogger has learned that local councillors and government officials are to be exempt from the new tax as part of civil service benefits. “The public just doesn’t understand”, a ministerial aid is quoted as saying, “that we do these things for their own good”. He went on to say “the additional revenue will be wisely spent on important local council initiatives although it is not expected to impact on the road repair budget”.

Councils are expected to roll out the experimental new system just in time for Christmas 2014.

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