Austrian tax shift to cut vehicle particulates

Austria's government has approved a plan to reduce vehicle tax on new diesel cars with low emissions of particulates while raising the tax on those with higher emissions. For two years from next July, purchasers of cars emitting up to 0.005 grams of fine particles per kilometre will qualify for €300 off the tax. From July, vehicle tax on vehicles emiting over this amount will pay as muh as €150 more, rising to as much as €300 more from July 2006. See press release.

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