‘Banish EU tax on motorhomes’: MPs demand Chancellor slash £2,000 green levy

Furious MPs today demand new chancellor Rishi Sunak axe an EU-imposed tax that has added almost £2,000 to the cost of a new motorhome and hand a post-Brexit boost to British businesses.

Under a green Brussels regulation change last September the vehicle excise duty for new campervans rocked from £265 in the first year to £2,135, an increase of more than 700 per cent. 

Many motorhomes are manufactured in the UK and the sector has seen new sales fall 7.3 per cent since the increase came in, according to the National Caravan Council (NCC).

A campaign to reverse the swingeing new tax has cross-party support among MPs, who want the chancellor to promote domestic tourism and manufacturing now that the UK has left the EU by removing the tax in next month’s Budget.

Richard Holden, the new North West Durham Conservative MP, said: ‘This EU Regulation is causing unnecessary and untold damage to Britain’s tourism and motorhome manufacturers. 

‘It’s time Britain broke free and put our domestic manufacturing and tourism sectors first. 

Under a green Brussels regulation change last September the vehicle excise duty for new campervans rocked from £265 in the first year to £2,135, an increase of more than 700%

Richard Holden, the new North West Durham Conservative MP, said: 'This EU Regulation is causing unnecessary and untold damage to Britain's tourism and motorhome manufacturers'

Richard Holden, the new North West Durham Conservative MP, said: ‘This EU Regulation is causing unnecessary and untold damage to Britain’s tourism and motorhome manufacturers’

‘The Chancellor must take the first opportunity to ditch this EU regulation at earliest opportunity at this years budget.’

According to the NCC the leisure vehicle sector – which includes motorhomes, campervans and caravans – contributes more than £9.3billion to the economy, employing for than 130,000 nationwide. 

UK manufacturers build more than half of motorhomes registered in the UK but face significant pressure from foreign firms.

They are unhappy at the impact of last September’s change, which was spurred into effect by the Volkswagen diesel scandal, where the German firm falsified emissions data to make their engines seem less polluting than they were.

Previously, motorhomes were classed as light goods commercial vehicle, because of the chassis they were built upon. 

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