Extra tax on "gas guzzlers"

1st June 2007, Comments 0 comments

1 June 2007, THE HAGUE – An extra tax is to be levied on cars that cause excessive pollution. The government hopes this will discourage consumers from purchasing SUVs like the BMW X5, the Citroen C6 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

1 June 2007

THE HAGUE –  An extra tax is to be levied on cars that cause excessive pollution. The government hopes this will discourage consumers from purchasing SUVs like the BMW X5, the Citroen C6 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The measure should result in extra tax revenue of EUR 100 million a year. State secretary for Finance Jan Kees de Jager said this in an interview in the Telegraaf on Friday.

De Jager also said that taxes on cars that have less of an impact on the environment will be lowered by 40 percent. That will mainly benefit people who lease an environmentally friendly car. Their monthly car payments will be reduced by about half as a result.

A tax incentive has already been in place for several years for those who purchase a cleaner car outright.

The measures will be included in the tax plan for next year.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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