Warning for EV drivers as electric cars may soon be subject to pricey ‘pothole tax’

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers have been warned they could soon be hit by a costly ‘pothole tax’.

The Center for Policy Studies, a centre-right think tank founded by Margaret Thatcher, recommended the charges because its research found the weight of electric vehicles was taking a toll on the country’s road surfaces.

EV drivers have been warned of a new'pothole tax'


EV drivers have been warned of a new ‘pothole tax’Photo credit: Getty

According to the results, electric vehicles can weigh up to a third more than combustion-powered equivalents because of the way the batteries that power them are built.

Electric models are currently exempt from road tax until 2025 to encourage a move away from petrol and diesel.

However, experts are now warning that there could soon be new charges.

LeaseElectricCar’s Tim Alcock said: “Recent reports show that an increase in heavier electric vehicles on the roads compared to regular petrol and diesel cars could have a negative impact on our road network.”

“The zero tax will soon no longer be an incentive for drivers to switch to electric cars.”

“But proposals that consider introducing a new pothole tax will likely only reduce the number of Brits who have a reason to switch to electric vehicles.”

Earlier this year it was reported that half of the country’s roads collapsed as Britain faced a pothole crisis.

There are still significant backlogs of repairs, despite a little-known regulation that may force municipalities to fix them.

In one case, a pothole, described as Britain’s largest, was found to be large enough to swallow a child.

This comes after it was revealed that thousands of drivers are exempt from road tax because they meet nine key criteria.

Meanwhile, motorists suffered a setback in April when the fee was raised in the chancellor’s spring budget.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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