Poland wavers over greener car tax plan

Senior government figures hint at withdrawal for troubled passenger car registration ecotax

Polish finance minister Zyta Gilowska has hinted that the government may abandon a troubled plan to "green" the country’s car registration tax system and shift its focus instead on annual circulation taxes.

The suggestion comes only weeks after Poland was forced to abolish higher registration tax rates for older cars under legal pressure from the European commission, which deemed this a barrier to imports.

Poland’s previous government tried to link the registration tax to vehicles’ engine size and Euro emission norm in 2004, only for the parliament to reject the plan.  After winning an election last September, the new government tabled a virtually identical plan (EED 21/04/06).

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