The ultra-wealthy should be forced to pay an extra tax for every ‘extremely damaging’ private jet ride to fund improved and cleaner public transport, charity says the group said.
The Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) has called on the government to introduce a “super-tax” on private jet travel, stating that “these individuals will start paying for the damage caused by the flight and It’s time to use the proceeds to improve public transport.” for communities across the country.”
According to the charity, private jets are 5 to 14 times more polluted than commercial flights and 50 times more polluted than a train ride. They argue that the Air Passenger Duty Overload (APD) should be applied to account for the damage caused to the planet. The CfBT also called on the government to strip commercial flights from his current VAT-exempt status.
“Private jets are doing a tremendous amount of damage to the environment and a privilege for the ultra-rich,” said Norman Baker, director of foreign affairs at the CfBT and former Liberal Democrat lawmaker.
Currently, private jet passengers are charged the same APD as business class or first class passengers. Higher charges apply to her 20 ton and larger aircraft with less than her 19 passengers.
Campaigners said the new APD super rate for private jet travel should be set at 10 times the current higher rates for domestic and European travel. This applies to all private jet passengers regardless of aircraft size or capacity or distance traveled. They said the tax could raise £1.4 billion a year. This is roughly equivalent to the overall annual maintenance cost of network rails.
Additionally, the CfBT said the government should charge VAT whenever a private jet lands or takes off, regardless of size or distance traveled.
Data from private jet consultancy Wing-X shows that the number of private jets in operation increased 7% last year and will grow 47% in 2020. This is in stark contrast to scheduled airline activity, which remained 35% below pre-pandemic levels.
“The UK accounts for 19% of Europe’s carbon emissions from private jets, more than any other country in Europe, and a campaign for better transport will ensure governments pay for the pollution caused by private jets. and are asking that the funds be invested in public transport services,” the charity said.
A Treasury spokesperson said:
“Bigger private jets won’t benefit from newly reduced domestic tariffs and will also pay more from the new ultra-long range of international flights, ensuring that those who fly the furthest contribute the most. will be