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    Default The great gas guzzler debate.

    Personally, I drive a 7 seater becase I have 4 kids. It has a 2.9 diesel engine because i tow a large twin axle caravan and its automatic because I am disabled. I accept that it may be seen to be a huge gas guzzler but it actually does about 35mpg but I dont fly my family abroad so perhaps my carbon footprint is not as big as some. My car is not a 4 wheel drive either. However, It seems i am going to get hammered for car tax. It is already 400 a year (440 if you pay bi-annually) and in my own mitigation I have a big family and I need a big car. I know all of the arguements for and against.

    Just one thought though, are Ministerial 4 litre Jaguars not gas guzzlers? They return about 8 - 10 miles to the gallon on a standard model and Lord knows what on one bullet proofed and padded with cast Iron?


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    Ministerial jags are gas guzzlers but as you'll know this will go down on their expenses, just like the mortgage on their 2nd home in London, any decorating they may have to do on the tax payers account and even if they fancy a convervatory to relax in after a hard days work - and these were just some of the expenses found to be claimed last year, not including prezza's food bill or Blair's lecky. Don't forget they fly around the world on jets with a dozen people in, to these carbon footprint summits so they can fcuk off if they think i'm doing anything towards it.

    A new plant being opened in India will spew out more emissions in a week than the UK can save in a year which makes it all a very worthwhile task dontchathink. I too drive a 7 seater out of a lifestyle choice.
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    the foreign sec on Question time last night said that the reason ministers drive the guzzlers is because they are the only ones that are bullet/ bomb proof.

    i have every simpathy for families and tax paying adults who have traditionally drove these larger cars through choice and necessity.

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    I saw the minister mention that last night and it is a lame excuse. Any car can be bullit proofed/customised.

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    I drive a Volvo 2.3 Turbo so expect to foot the 200 tax bill a year.

    Mind you I do drive it like it is bullet proof thou

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris48 View Post
    Personally, I drive a 7 seater becase I have 4 kids. It has a 2.9 diesel engine because i tow a large twin axle caravan and its automatic because I am disabled. I accept that it may be seen to be a huge gas guzzler but it actually does about 35mpg but I dont fly my family abroad so perhaps my carbon footprint is not as big as some. My car is not a 4 wheel drive either. However, It seems i am going to get hammered for car tax. It is already 400 a year (440 if you pay bi-annually) and in my own mitigation I have a big family and I need a big car. I know all of the arguements for and against.

    Just one thought though, are Ministerial 4 litre Jaguars not gas guzzlers? They return about 8 - 10 miles to the gallon on a standard model and Lord knows what on one bullet proofed and padded with cast Iron?
    Thought disabled people didn't pay car tax?

    Does It depend on If your a working disabled person?
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