Kilometre tax gets go ahead
The introduction of the new kilometre tax will replace the current fixed road tax and be implemented in 2011, starting with trucks first.4 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings has been given the go ahead to begin experiments with the new "kilometre tax".
The “kilometre tax” is to be differentiated by location, environmental properties of the vehicle, and time of day (effectively a peak/off-peak or congestion charge) and will replace the current fixed road tax.
Earlier this week, parliament denied the minister permission to begin because it felt that the effects of the tax on drivers were still unclear.
The cabinet responded with an explanation which showed that, after the introduction of the levy, the average motorist would on balance be better off.
A majority of parliament has accepted the explanation and given the green light for preparations to begin. The new system, which is scheduled to start in 2011, will first apply to trucks.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]