From 1 September 2019, the tax payable on first registration of a new motorhomes with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine will see the tax increase from £265 up to £2,135.
This will have a devastating effect on the motorhome industry. There will be a substantial fall in British manufacturing, a collapse in demand for new products, and job losses throughout the supply chain.
The campaign to stop a 705% rise in motorhome Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) has already gathered support from a large number of different MPs and businesses within the motorhome sector. Here's a snapshot of just a few messages of support across social media so far.
Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, visited Perthshire Caravans
to hear how the motorhome industry in Scotland will be affected by
such a steep rise in motorhome tax.
At Perthshire Caravans in the Carse of Gowrie. A business facing a 705% increase tax hike as motorhomes are to be taxed as cars. pic.twitter.com/4YiiK4zyT3— Pete Wishart (@PeteWishart) July 30, 2019
Melanie Onn MP, Great Grimsby, spoke direct from Auto-Trail
premises in Grimsby about changes to the way motorhomes are
taxed and explained how this move could put the future of associated
jobs in the supply chain at risk.
Plans to change the way motorhomes are taxed could put the future of companies like Auto-Trail, which employs 200 people in Grimsby, at risk.— Melanie Onn MP (@OnnMel) July 19, 2019
You can hear why below: pic.twitter.com/g6he0PZfSV
Sir David Amess MP for Southend West raised the issue of a
705% rise in motorhome tax in the House of Commons just prior
to summer recess in parliament. He also tweeted his support of
a petition to stop the motorhome tax.
John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness also offered his support
in the House and has called on the Chancellor to "reverse this monstrous
tax grab on motorhome owners".
Peter Roberts Caravans & Motorhomes, a dealership in Yorkshire
have got right behind the campaign, as have insurance specialists
Shield Total Insurance.
Stop the Motorhome Tax Hike - proposed from Sunday 1 Sep 2019 all new motorhomes with new generation engines (Euro 6d/2) first registered from this date WILL be taxed as cars @NCCLtd #Petition #motorhometaxhike— Peter Roberts Caravans & Motorhomes (@PRCaravans) August 22, 2019
sign this petition https://t.co/ObOL9JqhHi pic.twitter.com/HBTrf9Nutj
ICYMI: From 01/09/19 all new motorhomes under 3500kg will be taxed based on their emissions, therefore resulting in a 700% tax increase. Via @lc_motorhomes— Shield Total Insurance (@shield_insure) August 19, 2019
The @NCCLtd's petition is asking the Government to review this given the negative impact it will have on the industry. https://t.co/XTCvCb4Sjx
West Country Motorhomes, a motorhome dealer in both Somerset and
Wiltshire, and the Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) have also tweeted
their campaign support and asked for followers to sign the petition.
Stop increases in road tax for motorhomes! From 1st September 2019 new emission regulations mean that motorhome road taxes are increasing for 2020 models with the new Euro 6 D engine. Click here for more info and to sign the petition! https://t.co/PZMfhklwzw pic.twitter.com/uMQVaSS0GE— West Country M'homes (@WCMHinfo) August 16, 2019
The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) has also
backed the campaign by the National Caravan Council (NCC) for an
urgent minor amendment to the Finance Bill, to reclassify motorhomes
as commercial vehicles for the purpose of VED.
We're backing calls for motorhomes to be reclassified as commercial vehicles in order to prevent a massive hike in vehicle excise duty. As it stands, motorhomes will be moved out of the commercial vehicle tax band and will be taxed as a car #VED https://t.co/iEQ6EgWGLZ pic.twitter.com/DkZLJvtJsN— The BVRLA (@bvrla) August 12, 2019
Don't forget there are three different ways to add your
support to the campaign to help reclassify motorhomes as
Visit the Get Involved page for more details.