Top advisory body criticised kilometer tax

The government’s most senior advisory body, the Raad van State (council of state) criticised the government’s plans to bring in a kilometer tax on motoring as far back as the spring, it emerged late on Wednesday.

In its recommendations to the cabinet, which have only now been published, the council says it has serious doubts about the project and asked ministers to look again at the plans.
In particular the council said it has doubts about the reliability of the satellite technology which will track motorists, ANP reported.
Last Friday, the transport ministry finally published the kilometer tax rates to be introduced from 2012. The launch rate for the most energy-efficient car will be three cents a kilometer, rising to almost seven cents by 2018.

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