CO2-based EU car tax system moves closer

Stakeholders have been invited to comment on plans to simplify and "green" Europe's 25 passenger car tax systems. The European Commission has launched an online consultation and says it will make legislative proposals at the end of this year. As outlined in a 2002 communication, the EU executive favours phasing out registration taxes in favour of a new tax structure based on CO2 emissions (EED 09/09/02). It claims already to have won support for this plan from the motor industry and consumer organisations. See press release and consultation website.

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