Extra tax planned for petrol-guzzling cars

The government plans to introduce a new tax on ‘extremely polluting’ SUVs such as the BMW X5 and Citroen C6, junior finance minister Jan Kees de Jager says in an interview with Friday’s Telegraaf.

The measure will raise some €100m for the treasury every year, De Jager told the paper.
At the same time, the minister plans to cut the extra tax paid by company car drivers if they pick a petrol-efficient type. At the moment company car users have to pay an extra tax of 22% of the catalogue value of their car. But that will be slashed to around 12% for the users of ‘green’ cars such as the Honda Civic or Toyota Prius, the Telegraaf said.
The government plans to introduce the measures, which still need parliamentary approval, in 2008.

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