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Older drivers could save on car tax under new proposals as ‘ageist’ scheme called out

Campaigners have demanded for a rise in the amount of car tax discounts dished out to older drivers with the current system branded “unfair” and “ageist”.

A new Parliament petition is calling for motorists receiving Attendance Allowance to be exempt from car tax rates in the same way as many road users.

Disabled Motorists are exempt from hefty Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) charges as long as they are receiving the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

They could also take advantage of the deal if they are paid an enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or enhanced rate mobility component of Adult Disability Payment (ADP).

Those receiving Child Disability Payment, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or an Armed Forces Independence Payment may also be exempt from paying charges.

However, those receiving Attendance Allowance (AA) do not meet the threshold and are still liable for the full costs.

AA is extra money dished out to anyone with a long-term illness or disability that has reached state pension age.

Between 2023/24 motorists receiving the higher AA amount were paid £101.75 per week while those on the lower band were handed £68.10 every seven days.

However, campaigners have now called for AA holders to benefit in the same way as other disabled road users when it comes to motoring charges.

Petition founder Stella Kenward said: “Disabled people below pension age, in receipt of DLA or PIP can apply for full exemption or a 50 percent discount.

“Disabled pension age people on AA receive no discount/exemption. This in itself is ageist. Whether on DLA/PIP or Attendance Allowance, people should be treated equally & fairly.

“By giving disabled pensioners on AA, discount/exemption for car tax, that money could go towards their heating or food bills. It is very unfair and ageist.

“I am not a pensioner however I see many struggling financially. Please help make it slightly easier for disabled pensioners on attendance allowance to afford to keep their car by treating them the same as disabled people under pension age.

“Disabled people should be treated equally regardless of age.” A new Parliament petition will need to receive 10,000 signatures to receive an official response from the Government.

If organisers reach the 100,000 mark, the survey could even be considered for debate in Parliament.


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