The current benefit of 22% of a car’s value when new will increase to 25% if the car emits less than 110 g/km of CO2 (petrol) or 95 g/km (diesel), with all other cars seeing their benefit sink to 14%. The British have a more gradual system, with several emissions bands. The announcement came in last month’s Dutch budget, which also raised fuel taxes, offered incentives for diesel particle filters, and differentiated sales tax on environmental criteria.
• The Dutch are also joining the British and French in introducing departure charges for air passengers. The plan is to charge €11.25 per passenger for flights under 2500km, and €45 for all other flights.
This news story is taken from the October 2007 edition of T&E Bulletin.