‘Treasury benefits from traffic jams’
6 September 2007, THE HAGUE – Congestion on motorways fills the state coffers with revenues from excise duties and VAT on fuel worth EUR 134 million on an annual basis.
6 September 2007
THE HAGUE – Congestion on motorways fills the state coffers with revenues from excise duties and VAT on fuel worth EUR 134 million on an annual basis.
The Royal Netherlands Transport federation (KNV) reported this on Thursday. The KNV calculations are based on figures included in the Mobility Monitor 2006 published by the Ministry of Transport.
The tailbacks could be translated into 44 million of lost hours. During the hours that commercial vehicles stand still approximately 440 million litres of fuel are used. Traffic Information Service (VID) has recently calculated that congestion will increase by 17.3 percent a year. On an annual basis this would come down to revenues of roughly EUR 134 million.
The KNV wants the government to use the revenues to subsidise carbon filters and cleaner engines. The EUR 70 million the government has set aside for this purpose has almost been spent entirely, according to the KNV.
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Subject: Dutch news