Although it is actually not quite a surprise, the bullet seems to be finalized by the church from today: the exemption from the Motor Vehicle Tax, or MRB for cars of thirty years and older is on the way - again. Changes are coming, according to the first sounds from the fresh coalition agreement between the VVD and PvdA.
Due to environmental considerations, the coalition agreement states, the MRB exemption for old-timers will be abolished. A reasoning that of course does not make sense, because no matter how 'environmentally polluting' people think classic driving is, even with daily use it will not outweigh the environmental impact associated with the production of a new car. That is a fact with which Greenpeace once came out and in which we - no matter how impartial we are - can agree. In our opinion, that should even be a reason to motivate the use of an older car instead of demotivating. Perhaps there could be another investigation into that?
In our opinion, this measure shows serious short-sightedness. At least in part, the government will turn a blind eye to a branch that is responsible for a billion-dollar turnover, of which, of course, a considerable part also flows into the treasury. For a directly calculated revenue of a few million that the government thinks it will collect more from that MRB.
Whether a lowered MRB for classics and youngtimers is chosen, as is the case for cars aged thirty and older with our eastern neighbors, or whether owners of classics have to pay the full pound, remains to be seen. The details are not yet known. As soon as we know more, we will report that.
But what now? Should a new system be introduced to separate the wheat from the chaff? Don't make the real enthusiasts pay for the opportunists? Was that not already done by raising the limit for the MRB exemption to 30 years and, moreover, allowing the additional tax burden for Diesels (and the clean LPG) to exist? Is a system like in Germany, where an inspection exists to get an old-timer license plate? Or one like in Belgium, where there is a mileage limit? Or is it only one thing in The Hague: the direct benefits of a measure.
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Update: the KNAC has opened a petition against the plans of The Hague, which we of Auto Motor Klassiek support of course. Let your vote count here: www.knac.nl/petitie/
Also the BOVAG has in the meantime spoken out against the imminent measure and indicates as a possible alternative to introduce a type of mileage limit or daily limit for classic enthusiasts, in order to prevent daily use. www.bovag.nl
De MAG (Motorcyclists Action Group, www.mag-n.org) is the interest group for motorcyclists. Yes, because there, too, there is suffering when the exemption is lifted. The motorcycles often do not drive more than a few rides a year and they become very expensive. MAG secretary Dolf Willigers explains: “A single seagoing vessel entering the port of Rotterdam already causes more pollution than all those classic motorcycles put together in a whole year, but more of them are brought in. This outrageous measure has nothing to do with protecting the environment. This is vulgar greed on the part of the government, which attracts thousands of classic motorcycle enthusiasts. ”