New Year’s Resolution for major orgs: call VED ‘car tax’ not ‘road tax’

Post Office is right, it's car tax, not road tax!

The AA, Mazda, What Car, the police, the RAC, Renault, HMRC, DirectGov and others all get it wrong when they mention the long-dead ‘road tax’. This tax hasn’t paid for roads since 1936, and even then only paid for larger roads, never local ones.

Even fringe groups such as the Association of British Drivers know ‘road tax’ is, in fact, a “tax on cars”. It’s also possible for major organisations to get the name right. HM Treasury – which is the entity that sets the tax so ought to know its correct name – does not call it ‘road tax’, it’s VED every step of the way. The Post Office also gets it right. It talks about ‘car tax’, another everyday name for Vehicle Emissions Duty. ‘Car tax’ is an accurate colloquialism. ‘Road tax’ is wrong and a term dangerous to cyclists.

In the 1909 ‘People’s Budget’, an entity called the Road Fund was created. Monies started to be collected by this fund in 1910. 100 years later it would be good to think that some organisations would make it a New Year’s Resolution to be accurate.

If the Post Office can get it right, so should the AA, the RAC, HMRC and all the other organisations which are living 73 years in the past. Or, come one second after midnight tonight, 74 years in the past.

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  • CharlieHolland

    You can add the Advertising Standards Agency to the list. I complained a year or so ago about press adverts by Mercedes offering 'one year's free road fund tax' saying that this helped reinforce many drivers' view that they pay for the upkeep of the road and cyclists don't. I stated that many drivers abuse cyclists 'because they don't pay for the roads and made it clear that the Government referred to the tax as Vehicle Duty and adverstisers should do likewise.. The ASA rejected my objection as they didn't consider that drivers would misunderstand this or abuse cyclists.

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Thank, Charlie. That's interesting. Do you have the correspondence
    still? If so, please email it to me, if you'd be so kind. ipayroadtax@me.com

  • Paul

    You make reference to 'Vehicle Emissions Duty' here. I think that would be a great name (as it explains why a SORN means you don't have to pay VED), but I believe the correct term is 'Vehicle Excise Duty' (as used, for example, on the HM Treasury page you link).

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Correct, I state it could be Vehicle Emissions Duty because that's
    what it has become. But it's only a *could”; rest of site is very
    clear on the fact it's Vehicle Excise Duty. Thanks for your interest,
    though.

  • Paul

    Not sure I follow your point, Carlton:

    “It talks about ‘car tax’, another everyday name for Vehicle Emissions Duty.”

    But car tax isn't an everyday name for Vehicle Emissions Duty, it's an everyday name for Vehicle Excise Duty.

    Obligatory note: I love what you're doing, and quite literally bought the T-shirt (well, technically I bought the jersey!)

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    I'll recheck. Thanks.

  • Paul

    You make reference to ‘Vehicle Emissions Duty’ here. I think that would be a great name (as it explains why a SORN means you don’t have to pay VED), but I believe the correct term is ‘Vehicle Excise Duty’ (as used, for example, on the HM Treasury page you link).

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Correct, I state it could be Vehicle Emissions Duty because that’s rnwhat it has become. But it’s only a *could”; rest of site is very rnclear on the fact it’s Vehicle Excise Duty. Thanks for your interest, rnthough.

  • Paul

    Not sure I follow your point, Carlton:nn”It talks about u2018car taxu2019, another everyday name for Vehicle Emissions Duty.”nnBut car tax isn’t an everyday name for Vehicle Emissions Duty, it’s an everyday name for Vehicle Excise Duty.nnObligatory note: I love what you’re doing, and quite literally bought the T-shirt (well, technically I bought the jersey!)

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    I’ll recheck. Thanks.