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