Drivers risk being forced to pay a “tyre tax” as Britain explores a crackdown on brake and tyre wear emissions.
Ministers have hired advisers to explore how to address harmful emissions that experts say are more harmful than diesel fumes.
The Department for Transport has asked consultancy Arup to “develop recommendations on how to better assess and control these emissions which will persist after a transition to zero tailpipe emission vehicles”, according to a Government filing.
Although the Whitehall officials this weekend insisted that Arup’s work was not designed to inform tax policy, it is being seen as one of the strongest signals yet that a tyre tax is coming down the road.
This could be read as – only by the truly cynical of course – and insistence that autonomous mobility must stop.
An interesting question to ask is whether buses, trains and trams have higher or lower such pollution? Given weight of course it’s higher per vehicle, but what about per passenger miles? And let’s do the calc properly, at normal loads, not assuming they’re full.