Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Eighth Report


Memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty (Prescribed Types of Fuel)
Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/93)

1. The Committee has asked the Department to submit a Memorandum on the following point:

    "As stated in the Explanatory Note, the effect of this instrument is that vehicles propelled solely by road fuel gas and those capable of being propelled both by petrol and road fuel gas, or by electricity and either petrol or diesel, qualify for the reduced rate. Is it intended that vehicles capable of being propelled by road fuel gas and electricity should not qualify for the reduced rate?"

2. It is not intended that vehicles propelled by both road fuel gas and electricity should qualify for the reduced rate. The Department is not aware that there are any such vehicles or that any manufacturer is planning to introduce them. If a manufacturer decided to do so, the lead-time before the vehicles reached the market would be years rather than months.

3. The Department keeps developments in vehicle manufacturing under review and is satisfied that the Regulations reflect the current state of development in terms of vehicle types.

12 February 2001

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