A majority within the Lower House today approved the proposed new MRB scheme for old-timers. The VVD, PvdA, D66, SGP and ChristenUnie already signed an agreement on the budget for 2014 in October. Last week support from the largest opposition parties (CDA, SP, PVV and 50 Plus) for an alternative (postponing old-timer arrangement to 2015) came to light. The motions and amendments thereto were, however, swept aside by the Lower House.
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This outcome did not come as a surprise. Also not with Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl initiator Wouter van Embden. “We did see this coming. Although opposition to the new rules grew from the opposition, it turned out not to be able to withstand the fall agreement. So we have nothing else to do but take an important next step. ”That step will consist of follow-up discussions with members of the Senate. There were earlier objections to the measure there. "And especially from a quality point of view." The case is also questionable legally - as we have touched on several times through these columns. The Vliet Amendment would only be evaluated in 2015. In addition, three measures are disproportionate in four years.
Lawyer Mr Tom Barkhuysen - legal partner of Vrijstellingoldtimer.nl - also agrees. He already ordered State Secretary Weekers to remove the 40-year compromise from the Tax Plan. And he is ready to announce further actions. However, the mouthpiece of the Ministry of Finance is bound by well-defined regulations. Rules imposed by Europe on the Netherlands. The budget must be correct and then it is determined where the money must be taken from. Whether the pecunia actually flows towards the State Treasury is of secondary importance. And behavioral effects do not count either.
Mobility is becoming more expensive
The majority in the Lower House also stood firm with regard to the excise duty increases for LPG and Diesel (7 cent and 3 cent respectively). In addition, the fuel price will soon be subject to the false argument that inflation is called. That concept would only have been applicable if fuel prices and excise duties had been adjusted downwards. The average income in the Netherlands has been in the refrigerator for a few years, while the price level in our country is simply rising. The ill-considered decision-making process is a blow to the entire motorized mobility sector. The old-timer owner with a car between 26 and 40 years even experiences a double disadvantage. In effecting the 40 year compromise, it is obliged to pay MRB and extra high fuel costs. The owner of the fuel-efficient road tax-free car will also be faced with a double cost increase per 1 January 2014, due to the increase in excise duty and the lapse of the MRB exemption for the smaller fuel-efficient car.
Regarding old-timer owners and enthusiasts: Wouter van Embden and his team do not give up. As mentioned, intensive discussions will be held with members of the Senate in the coming weeks. And the members there can still veto the Tax Plan. A veto that gives the mobility sector in general and the vintage car sector in particular a renewed perspective.