Autobrief II was made public this afternoon. This document describes the fiscal car policy for the 2017-2020 period. For owners with an old diesel without a factory-fitted soot filter, it means bad news. If the bill in which the Autobrief II will be included will be ratified, they may pay a substantial surcharge from 1 January 2019, partly to compensate for the large-scale MRB reduction.
Earlier in the day we already reported about the leaked plans. In particular, the fact that a small fraction of motorists - the owners of old diesels without a factory-fitted soot filter - can pay for a symbolic policy arouses surprise. Also, upon validation of the Autobrief II, the subsidy on retrospectively installed soot filters (from 2006 that was current for a few years) is also withdrawn.
€ 225 increase per year for the average diesel car
In Autobrief II - which was published this afternoon - you can read that from 2017 “a generic MRB reduction of 2% will be implemented for all passenger vehicles”. From 2019, the government will therefore introduce a surcharge in the motor vehicle tax for “polluting” diesel passenger and delivery vehicles. Diesel passenger vehicles and diesel delivery vehicles are vehicles with a particulate matter emission of more than 5 mg / km, in other words: cars that do not meet the EuroV standard. This mainly concerns passenger vehicles without an ex-factory particulate filter that entered traffic before 2005. Moreover, delivery vehicles only concern vehicles of 12 years and older. This extra criterion for delivery vehicles is necessary because, according to the Ministry, “otherwise too large a group will come into contact with this at the start of the surcharge”. For diesel passenger vehicles and diesel delivery vehicles of private individuals, a surcharge is levied on the MRB of 15% of the MRB including provincial surcharges. For an average diesel passenger car in the weight class 1350-1450 kilograms, this means an increase of € 225 per year. This currently concerns approximately 400.000 passenger cars (a fraction of the total Dutch fleet). A surcharge of 15% on the MRB is also levied for diesel delivery vehicles of entrepreneurs. This increase amounts to € 62 per year for an average van from an entrepreneur.
"Tax authorities cannot handle diesel increase"
According to the Ministry of Finance, the Tax Authorities cannot yet handle the increase measure with the "current, rickety MRB system", so that the measure starts with the introduction of an improved MRB system in 2019. "By only levying this extra contribution from 1 January 2019, there will be sufficient action perspective for the owners of these vehicles in the coming years," the brand new Autobrief says. According to Finance, the revenues are a contribution to the generic MRB reduction, which will be implemented for nine and a half million other vehicles in the Netherlands.
Fighting air pollution with a measure that only starts in 2019
What is striking here is that there is no hurry now to levy extra tax, while the current MRB exemption scheme for old-timers came into force eight months after the agreement of the then State Secretary Weekers and the old-timer alliance. And what is even more striking: the Autobrief refers to "a disproportionate damage to the air quality". It is therefore all the more strange that Wiebes and his retinue only want to combat this from 2019. It is very likely that The Hague has no answer to the lack of environmental effects as a result of earlier measures, while it has been established that modern cars with modern fuel injection technologies, on the other hand, drive more kilometers, emit more in total and therefore actually have a negative impact on public health. .
Elaboration in bill
The exact tariff will be included in the bill for the development of Autobrief II. The State Secretary will integrate the Autobrief into this. This fall Eric Wiebes will present the proposal to the House. In all likelihood, that will become definitive, since composing Autobrief II took a lot of time, and there is broad support from the car sector. In addition, the content has already been approved by the Council of Ministers.