The Council of State has not been in the dark about the old-timer arrangement as it was agreed this spring by State Secretary Frans Weekers and the old-timer alliance. This is reported by political reporter Hans Verbeek on Business News Radio. The 40 year compromise has been compromised on many points. The political body thus appears to be taking an important next step in the offensive initiated by Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl against the adjustment of the current regulation.
Unclear and not feasible
The scheme is unclear and cannot be implemented. It must be completely overhauled. The 40-year compromise gets a big fail from the Council of State. Furthermore, the political body indicated that "in terms of money the political measure is not much". That is debatable, because the amount of income foregone when the oldtimer scheme is introduced puts that comment in a different perspective.
What the Council of State particularly stumbles on is the transitional arrangement for gasoline cars that are older than 26 years. “They are not allowed to drive for three winter months in order to qualify for a quarterly rate. And for diesel engines and LPG drivers with a car between 26 and 40 years old, that doesn't count. It is impossible to monitor that and therefore not or hardly practicable. "The environmental argument can also be dismissed:" That story cannot be checked at all, softly expressed. "
Nothing about clarity
The Council of State is clear in its opinion. The 40 year compromise is impracticable and unclear. There is something else: it is also inconsistent and inconsistent with the views that Secretary of State Frans Weekers previously had on the old-timer problem. He once said in a parliamentary debate that he did not want to create exceptions and separate rules for specific groups of old-timer owners. The old-timer scheme as proposed now is at odds with that.
Original evaluation moment
Previously, Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl - the only advocacy organization that still deals with the fight against the 40 year compromise - already demonstrated that there is no question of watertightness in legal terms. In addition, something remarkable came to light: the current regulation - the Van Vliet Amendment - would only be evaluated by The Hague in 2015. An adjustment to the current old-timer scheme is therefore also highly remarkable.
The Council of State has in any case sent a very clear signal. A signal that confirms the efforts of Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl. And a very important next step is towards maintaining the MRB exemption for old and young timers in the current form.