Sales of "green cars" quadruple in Belgium
There is now more choice in green machines.
Last year the sale of "green cars" increased four-fold. "Green cars" are vehicles that emit less than 105 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
According to figures from the Belgian Federation of Carmakers, Febiac, last year 14,000 new "green cars" were registered.
Febiac spokesman Joost Kaesemans identifies several factors that played a role in making "green cars" more popular: "More and more vehicles are complying with the stringent environmental legislation."
This means there is greater choice.
The increase in the number of green vehicles is linked to stricter CO2 norms that are now being introduced.
In addition motorists driving a "green car" also receive a tax incentive.
Up to 15% of the outlay is refunded through a tax break.
At a time when everybody is tightening their belt, this is an extra incentive for people to opt for a "green" car".
Febiac says that the rise in the sale of "green cars" has continued in 2009.
The industry federation is concerned that the tax incentive may soon become unaffordable for the authorities.
Febiac is requesting a review of car taxes that takes ecological considerations into account.