Grant cuts for electric cars condemned

The AA and RAC say the Department for Transport's decision to reduce grants for car buyers will put them off "going green".

Motoring groups have expressed their concern over the government cutting grants for new electric and hybrid cars, calling it a "step backwards".

The RAC and AA criticised the move which will see fewer models eligible for the scheme and the money available to drivers reduced from 12 November.

Department for Transport (DfT) announced the change to cash incentives being offered since 2011 to encourage people to go green.

The scheme splits the vehicles included into three categories based on their CO2 emissions and zero-emission range.

Category one cars - those meeting the toughest restrictions - can see buyers claiming up to £4,500 to go towards the cost of the vehicle. Motorists can claim up to £2,500 for cars in category two and three.

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The government's changes mean the maximum grant for category one vehicles will be cut by £1,000 to £3,500, with grants for the remaining two categories scrapped completely.

The motoring groups warned the move would leave the government struggling to meet vehicle emissions targets.

The AA's head of roads policy, Jack Cousens, said: "The government wants to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars, but scrapping grants for low emission cars may well stall their progress."

He added: "This announcement will simply put more drivers off from buying greener cars."

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Nicholas Lyes, the RAC's head of roads policy. said the decision was a "major blow" to those hoping to "go green", adding that it made "little sense" in terms of lowering emissions.

He said: "With up-front costs still a huge barrier for those hoping to switch to an electric vehicle, this move from the government is a big step backwards and is in stark contrast to countries like Norway, where generous tax incentives have meant that it has one of the highest ownership levels of ultra-low emission vehicles of anywhere in the world."

 

October 12, 2018

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  • Ocasio-Cortez still uses Uber, other ride-hailing apps, despite blaming them for suicide of yellow cab driver

    Ocasio-Cortez still uses Uber, other ride-hailing apps, despite blaming them for suicide of yellow cab driver

    ritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Uber as her campaign spends at least $4K on rides.</p><p>New York Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has continued&#xA0;to use Uber and other ride-hailing apps &#x2013; but not New York taxi cabs &#x2013; despite blaming them for a suicide.</p><p>The latest figures still indicate that she remains unashamed of using the services she criticizes for exploitation and leading people to suicide, despite increasing pressure and accusations of hypocrisy.</p><p>Ocasio-Cortez has frequently attacked ride-hailing apps for what she sees as underpaying its drivers, decrying their pay as &#x201C;exploitation&#x201D; if they don&#x2019;t get at least $15 an hour, the so-called living wage.</p><p>&#x201C;NYC&apos;s fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. What was a living wage job now pays under minimum,&#x201D; Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet.</p><p>The new data from the campaign follows previous Fox News&#x2019; report that revealed the campaign spent nearly $4,000 on Uber and $2,500 on Juno between April and late June when she won against top Democrat Joe Crowley in a New York Democratic primary</p><p>Ocasio-Cortez&#x2019; campaign did cut its excessive spending on Uber rides amid scrutiny, spending merely $500 in the last quarter, with fares ranging from $2 to nearly $60.</p><p>But the cut was offset by the use of Lyft, another ride-hailing app facing nearly identical criticisms as Uber. The campaign spent over $2,700 on rides with Lyft.</p><p>Her campaign also continued to use Juno, spending nearly $1,200 for 50 rides.</p><p>Juno is a company that pitched itself as an alternative to Uber for drivers because it offered slightly better pay and an option to accumulate the company&#x2019;s stock, though the latter was scrapped after the company was sold to an Israel-based company, prompting class action by the drivers.</p><p>The Ocasio-Cortez campaign didn&#x2019;t respond to Fox News&#x2019; request for a comment.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 October 17, 2018

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