The Car Interests Foundation has declared the Ministry of Finance to be in default. This was done under the Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl flag because The Hague did not respond to two requests for information within the specified period. These were submitted by Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl on 23 August. Because the statutory reaction period of four weeks has now expired, Wouter van Embden's club now opts for this step. In the meantime, Autobelangen also drew attention to the government's changed motivation for the adjustment of the MRB scheme for vintage cars.
Road to administrative court
Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl therefore served two WOB requests register with the Ministry of Finance. One request related to the substantiation of the financial consequences that the 40-year compromise will entail, according to the cabinet. The other request had to provide insight into the way in which The Hague politicians calculated the proceeds of € 153 million. According to State Secretary Frans Weekers, that amount would flow towards the treasury if the current motor vehicle tax scheme was completely scrapped, which is based entirely on the Van Vliet Amendment. Because the Ministry does not comply with the obligation to respond within the statutory period of four weeks, Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl declared the political body to be in default. The Ministry now has two extra weeks to respond, otherwise it is obliged to pay a penalty. And then for Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl the way to the administrative judge is open to obtain the requested information.
Timeframe and changed motivation
Through these columns, we stated earlier that the government does not take behavioral consequences into account. Now that those involved do not want to explain the financial consequences of various scenarios, it seems that The Hague is taking time. Those in charge of politics appear to have underestimated the impact of the vintage car file. This not only results in the generation of time savings. They also make strange jumps. This is evident, among other things, from the different motivation that is used with regard to the old-timer paragraph in the coalition agreement that came about in the fall of 2012. Initially, environmental considerations proved to be crucial. The budgetary movements now seem to dominate. This emerged from the answer to parliamentary questions put by SP Member of Parliament Farshad Bashir on 4 September.
The earlier legal and economic findings of Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl make clear - in combination with these facts and the refusal of the Ministry of Finance for openness of affairs. Politics The Hague becomes entangled in the old-timer section and the resulting 40-year compromise. For that reason too, retaining the exemption in its current form is the only correct solution for all involved.