THOUSANDS of van drivers across the country are being slapped with a sneaky road tax hike – and the majority will be surprised.
Three in five white van drivers are unaware the van benefit charge is set to rise after Jeremy Hunt smuggled it into his Autumn Statement.
From April, taxpayers of the principle will have to spend an additional £72 a year, bringing the total to £720.
And for taxpayers with higher rates, the increase will see them suffer an extra £144 hit.
The price increase applies to tradespeople who use their company transporter privately.
But 62 percent of van drivers are unaware of the impending tax hike, according to a survey by Auto Trader.
The move has drawn criticism from some who have criticized the tax hike amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Tory MP Greg Smith said: “Van drivers are the backbone of our economy – be they tradespeople such as builders and plumbers or delivery drivers and more.
“If we want the economy to grow, the answer can never be to bombard it with more and more taxes.”
A spokesman for Auto Trader said: “Our findings show that the fresh new tax crackdown coming up in April will come as a complete shock to most van drivers, adding to the heavy burden they are already facing this year were.
“For many of them, it might even be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
The Treasury said: “Drivers who only use their van for business are not subject to the Van Benefit Charge as it only applies to private use.
“Those paying it won’t see a real increase next year.
“The £2.4 billion fuel tax cut will save van drivers around £200 each.”
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