Italy mulls SUV tax, car scrapping incentives

Italy is considering a tax to discourage the use of large cars such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs), according to environment minister Altero Matteoli. The tax would discourage the use of big polluting cars, he said last week. Revenues from it would fund incentives to scrap old, environmentally unsound vehicles. Mr Matteoli said the idea had been inspired by a French proposal announced earlier this year (EED 22/06/04). State under-secretary Roberto Tortoli stressed that SUVs would not be the only vehicles affected by the tax. See Italian environment ministry.

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