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Dutch plan full-scale reform of road charging

A draft law proposing an entirely new system for taxing motorists has been published by the Dutch transport ministry (EED 23/05/01). The new structure would be revenue neutral but motorists driving more than 18,000 kilometres per year would pay more. Annual vehicle tax would be abolished and replaced with a kilometre charge. In addition, an existing tax on the purchase of new cars and motorcycles would drop by 25% and fuel excise duty would also be reduced. Phase-in of compulsory vehicle "mobimeters" measuring distance travelled would begin in 2004. See transport ministry.

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