Deputies voted against the potential re-introduction of motor tax by the slimmest of margins.
States' members voted against investigating the advantages and disadvantages of an annual charge based on ownership of vehicles by 18 votes to 17.
Debate continues today on Policy & Resource' proposal for a distance-based charging mechanism as a "fairer alternative" to fuel duty.
Deputy Neil Inder, who proposed the motor tax amendment, said he simply wanted to put the option on the table for the States to decide on once the idea has been properly investigated.
The way they voted on investigating motor tax:
For - Peter Ferbrache, Jan Kuttelwascher, Dawn Tindall, John Gollop, Lester Queripel, Marc Leadbeater, Paul Le Pelley, Carl Meerveld, Neil Inder, Mary Lowe, Laurie Queripel, Jeremy Smithies, Chris Green, Barry Paint, Andrea Dudley-Owen, Emilie Yerby, Rob Prow - 17
Against - Barry Brehaut, Rhian Tooley, Michelle Le Clerc, Joe Mooney, Lyndon Trott, Jennifer Merrett, Gavin St Pier, Jane Stephens, Sarah Hansmann Rouxel, Richard Graham, Mark Dorey, Jonathan Le Tocq, Al Brouard, David De Lisle, Shane Langlois, Heidi Soulsby, Lindsay de Sausmarez, Alderney Rep Stephen Roberts - 18
Abstained - Alderney rep Alex Snowdon.
Not there - Charles Parkinson, Matt Fallaize, Peter Roffey, Victoria Oliver.
Pictured top: Deputy Neil Inder, who alongside Laurie Queripel proposed the amendment.
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