France will introduce a new tax on vehicle weightOctober 21, 2020
France’s environment minister has announced a new weight tax on cars to encourage manufacturers to cut CO2 emissions. First of all, crossovers and SUVs will be hit.
According to the national news agency France 24, according to a statement from the Minister of the Environment of France Barbara Pompili, cars weighing more than 1,800 kg will be taxed at a rate of 10 euros for each additional kilogram.
“The weight tax we are imposing is a compelling and necessary signal to take into account the environmental impact of the heaviest vehicles. The heavier cars get, the more materials and energy they consume, and they also pollute the environment, ”Pompili tweeted.
The new tax will be introduced into the French budget for 2021 and will not apply to electric vehicles. The best-selling SUVs of French brands such as Peugeot and Renault weigh less than 1.8 tons, but larger luxury models from German brands such as Mercedes and Audi will suffer.
Meanwhile, the vehicles with the highest CO2 emissions are already subject to additional taxes in France of up to 20,000 euros. Regardless, the country is seeing a slowdown in CO2 emissions reductions, which large SUVs are to blame.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) claims that SUVs were the second largest contributor to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions in France between 2008 and 2018, after aviation. However, it is also true that SUV sales in Europe have skyrocketed during this time. According to WWF, “4.3 million SUVs sold in France this decade have the same carbon footprint as 25 million compact electric vehicles.”
A source in the French government said the weight tax is not only “designed to encourage people to avoid very large and heavy models, but also to encourage industry to consider its entire ecological footprint, not just emissions.”
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