Drivers in England with no driveway slapped with 'unfair' pavement tax

Drivers in England who don't have a driveway have been warned they'll be hit by a cruel "pavement tax". Motorists with electric vehicles and motors face extra fees to charge up, with VAT higher at public points than on home cables.

In an interview with the Express, Rebecca Trebble, chief customer experience officer at electric car charging specialists GRIDSERVE, said: “GRIDSERVE supports the lowering of VAT on public charging to 5 per cent, to be in line with the rate on home charging.

“This significant change would have a real and positive impact on EV ownership and would make it fairer on those without home charging.” Tthe Government previously explained: “Whilst this relief was not designed or introduced for charging EVs at home, this relief applies for all uses of domestic energy. Electricity supplied at EV charging points in public places is subject to the standard rate of VAT (20 per cent).

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“Expanding the VAT relief already available would impose additional pressure on the public finances to which VAT makes a significant contribution.” Rebecca told "We know from many of our customers at Electric Forecourts, and across the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, that reliable public infrastructure is key to them being able to switch to electric in the absence of home charging, but they can be disadvantaged by the higher VAT.

"We need to make sure that any barriers to EV adoption are removed to ensure we reduce emissions in the shortest possible timeframes, to tackle the climate emergency." The price of energy on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway varies depending on whether you choose AC or DC charging.

All prices are calculated based on the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh). It says: "We’re undertaking the biggest investment in our history to deliver a UK-wide High Power UK charging network at the speed and scale required to meet the demand of electric vehicles and help move the needle on climate change. We’re always working hard to keep pricing as low as possible in the long term."