More than nine million motorists will lose out under controversial road tax reforms, the Government admitted.
Currently, the maximum road tax for a vehicle registered between March 2001 and March 2006 is £210. However, from April 2010 that will increase to £455 for the heaviest polluters.
Vehicles such as Range Rovers and some people carriers emitting more than 255g of CO2 per kilometre will pay up to £440. It was also revealed that five of the UK's 30 most popular cars would pay more - the 2.2l diesel Land Rover Freelander, the 1.6l unleaded Toyota Auris, the 2.2l diesel Honda CR-V, the 1.8l unleaded Vauxhall Vectra and the 1.6l unleaded Vauxhall Zafira. Cars with smaller engines face a £100 rise.
It is calculated that the Exchequer will receive more than £1 billion in additional revenue from the scheme by 2011.
The vehicle duty changes aim to deter people from buying polluting vehicles. Drivers of the greenest cars pay nothing.
This is not a green tax but a mean tax that will hit millions of hard-up families together with the record pump prices this will bring more misery to millions of motorists.