GPS When it comes to rules and regulations, road tax compliance is a very serious and necessary legal requirement that must be adhered to by anyone who wishes to drive a vehicle on UK roads. Otherwise known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), road tax is collected and regulated in the UK by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Over the years, the UK government has revised and changed the requirements and cost of road tax in many ways, including lowering road tax for vehicles with low carbon emission levels in order to encourage UK residents to be more selective with their vehicle choices. The Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty (GRAD VED) was first introduced in March 1998 and has become more prominent in today’s news as vehicle owners face road tax hikes thanks to financial set backs across all UK industry sectors.  The Government has also tried to initiate other road tax variations with regards to commercial and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV’s). For example, on the 27th November 2001, in their pre-budget report the Government announced that the VED for Heavy Good Vehicles would be replaced with the Lorry Road User Charge (LRUC), a tax based on the distance travelled by a HGV. However, this scheme is still at the proposal stage and its future is still uncertain. Despite this the Government went ahead and announced plans in June 2005 to adopt a similar scheme across all vehicles, both private and commercial. The scheme would work based on the utilisation of wireless telematics and GPS tracking systems . With a similar scheme already in operation in Holland, where the Dutch Government is already using GPS tracking to determine when a vehicle is being used and where it is travelling too. Plans to introduce a similar method of road taxation in the UK were however, interrupted on the basis of Human Rights and Civil grounds which suggested that the scheme was in essence mass surveillance. But as the UK faces more severe road tax charges for larger and less environmentally friendly vehicles, could road tax based on GPS tracking calculations be more economically viable? GPS tracking systems when fitted to a single vehicle or fleet have many benefits but of particular merit, given the current economic and environmentally focused climate, is the technologies ability to reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption thus, under existing and new road tax laws, reducing the amount of tax individuals and companies have to pay. The real time monitoring feature of GPS vehicle tracking systems allow drivers and indeed their managers in the office to work out more direct routes thus reducing the amount of time the vehicle is emitting Carbon Dioxide. Other factors including the ability to monitor driver behavior also play a vital role as studies suggest that speed, and harsh acceleration or braking has a definite effect on the amount of fuel used. By using GPS technology both private individuals and companies can benefit financially through improved fuel usage and lower carbon emissions. In terms of tax compliancy, vehicle tracking systems are helping to regulate journeys in an effort to keep road tax costs low.  Whilst the Government would prefer that we all went out and bought the new breed of small ‘green’ cars, manufactured to lower emissions and with ready made lower tax rates, there are circumstances where these vehicles are simply not viable. Commercial vehicles, for example, tend to be larger through necessity and it is here that GPS tracking technology can go a long way to reducing what you have to pay! About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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