Taxing the super-rich on private jet travel to fund public transport, UK charity says | The super-rich

The super-rich should be forced to pay an extra tax every time they fly on ‘extremely damaging’ private jets to help fund better and cleaner public transport, a charity has claimed.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) called on the government to introduce a ‘super tax’ on private jet travel, saying it was ‘about time these people started paying for the damage caused by their flights and proceeds used to help improve public transport”. for communities across the country.

The charity said private jets are between five and 14 times more polluting than commercial flights and 50 times more polluting than rail. They argue that a “super rate of air passenger duty (ODA)” should be applied to account for the damage done to the planet. The CfBT has also called on the government to strip private flights of their current VAT-exempt status.

“Private jets are extremely damaging to the environment and are the preserve of the super-rich,” said Norman Baker, CfBT external affairs director and former Liberal Democrat MP.

Currently, private jet passengers are charged the same APD rate as business class or first class passengers, with a higher rate applied to aircraft of 20 tonnes or more with fewer than 19 passengers on board.

Campaigners said the new ODA super rate on private jet travel should be set at 10 times the current higher rate for domestic and EU travel, which would apply to all private jet passengers regardless of either the size or capacity of the aircraft or the distance flown. . They said the levy could bring in £1.4billion a year, roughly equivalent to Network Rail’s entire annual maintenance costs.

In addition, CfBT said the government should charge VAT every time a private jet lands or takes off, regardless of size or distance travelled, which would bring in an additional £79-623m.

The number of private jets in service increased 7% last year and 47% from 2020, according to data from private jet consultancy Wing-X. This contrasts sharply with scheduled passenger airline activity, which remained 35% below pre-pandemic levels.

“With the UK responsible for 19% of Europe’s carbon emissions from private jets – more than any other European country – Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the government to ensure private jets pay for the pollution they cause and that the money is invested in public transport services,” the charity said.

A Treasury spokesman said: ‘Since 2017 we have nearly doubled transport spending to £27.1billion to help boost road and rail connectivity, and from April 2023 people’s rights Air passengers will be reduced for domestic commercial flights to further strengthen connections within the UK.

“Large private jets will not benefit from the new reduced domestic tax, and they will also pay more of the new ultra long-haul band on international flights, ensuring that those who fly the farthest contribute the most.”

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