Robbing the poor to subsidize the rich: New UK gas & diesel cars could be made more expensive to subsidize electric vehicles

New petrol and diesel cars could be made £1,500 more expensive to subsidise electric vehicles

By Paul Homewood

Of course, if we won’t do as we’re told, we will have to be punished!


A feasibility study commissioned by minsters on ways to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles has suggested making new petrol and diesel cars £1,500 more expensive.

The report, published by the Department for Transport this week, said the funds generated by the additional cost of motors with internal combustion engines could be used to subsidise battery vehicles, which are generally more expensive to buy.

But the motor industry’s trade body has blasted the suggestion, saying such a move would penalise those who can’t afford electric cars currently, or don’t have the facilities to charge them.


Paul Homewood: 

The report was co-written by the Behavioural Insights Team, who have this to say about themselves:

The Behavioural Insights Team exists to improve people’s lives and communities. We work in partnership with governments, local authorities, businesses and charities, often using simple changes to tackle major policy problems.

The Team has grown from a seven-person unit at the heart of the UK government to a global social purpose company with offices around the world. Our work spanned 31 countries in the last year alone.

Our mission remains the same. We generate and apply behavioural insights to inform policy, improve public services and deliver results for citizens and society

We are jointly owned by the UK Cabinet Office, innovation charity Nesta and our employees.

In other words, they are just another parasitical quango, puffed up with taxpayers’ money, who want to tell us how to live our lives, whether we like it or not.