The Dutch government should follow the Belgian plan to lower the tax on petrol as soon as the price reaches more than €1.50 per liter, according to motoring organisations and a number of political parties in Monday’s AD.
Liberal (VVD) MP Paul de Krom told the paper that Belgium has set a good example. And motoring organisations BOVAG and RAI want finance minister Wouter Bos to discuss the issue with his Belgian counterpart.
Meanwhile, petrol station organisation BETA is worried that Dutch petrol stations will suffer from people buying their petrol over the border in Germany and Belgium where it is cheaper.
The finance ministry told the AD there are no plans to lower the tax on petrol which is due to rise by 3% on July 1. And the coalition Labour and Christian Democrat parties say a tax reduction would create a hole in their budget plans.
In a poll conducted by the AD, 90% of respondents said petrol tax should be lowered
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