Dutch plan first nationwide road charge system

Ministers launch proposal to introduce kilometre charging for all cars and trucks by 2016

All vehicles on Dutch roads should have to pay a kilometre charge from 2016, the government proposed last Friday. The transport ministry said the Netherlands was the first country to suggest such a national charging system for road transport.

The new tax would replace current car and truck registration and circulation taxes. It would be differentiated according to the vehicle's environmental profile and the time and place of driving. Owners would pay "differently, not more" than today, says the government.

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