Buying a new car in 2017 could cost you at least £140 more unless the vehicle is electric or hybrid.
The price, which come into effect on April 1st, were put forward by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions.
A quarter of new of cars in the UK, with small engine capacities, pay no or little road tax, Autoexpress reported.
The Government hopes a price increase will encourage more people to buy environmentally friendly vehicles as well as potentially boosting Treasury coffers.
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According to Wired magazine, more than 90% of people in the UK breathe in polluted air every day.
Increases to car tax could see people’s buying habits change and result in a cleaner environment.
Electric and hybrid cars are exempt from the charge but any car costing over £40,000 will have to pay a new 5-year supplement, starting at £310, regardless of exhaust emissions.
The extra charges could also see more people using Nottingham City Transport. Anthony Caversmith, Marketing Manager at NCT feels that Nottingham’s transport system will encourage more people to travel by bus;
According to itravelyork, taking a bus rather than driving for a whole year can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 3.8 tonnes as well positively affect mental and physical health with more time spent walking and out in the open air.