Czech Republic puts green tax on second-hand cars

New green levy will apply to cars below Euro 3 emission standard; revenue will fund disposal

Second-hand car buyers that purchase older, more polluting vehicles in the Czech Republic will have to pay a new environmental levy from January, the environment ministry announced this week. 

A fee of between CZK3,000 and CZK10,000 (€116-€386) will be payable on vehicles that do not meet at least Euro 3 class emission standards.  The revenue will fund used car disposal. 

The ministry said road traffic was the biggest contributor to air pollution in the Czech Republic, especially for particulate matter. 

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