• Controversial issues surround first kilometre charge for cars

    The Netherlands has moved closer to becoming the latest nation to introduce a kilometre charge and the first to charge for private cars.

    Last month, draft legislation was presented to the Dutch parliament, but there are still lots of controversial issues. Environmental groups say the benefits of the scheme are severely limited because the proposed charge for trucks will be lower than that for cars, the maximum fee for cars has been set at €0.067/km – and that only in 2018 – and total revenue will be capped.