Taxes and particulate filters: new developments within “diesel file”

ER Classics Desktop 2022

In 2015 the news about the fact that old diesels from 2019 would be extra taxed a lot. Old diesels with a soot emission of 5 mg per kilometer (without a soot filter from the factory) could expect an MRB increase of 1% per 2019 January 15. At the time of reporting, it became clear that the increase would only be introduced three and a half years later. One of the reasons for this was that the tax authorities were not yet ready to work the allowance administratively. Now, in 2018, it appears that this is still not the case according to De Telegraaf.

The result is that the tax increase for the "old diesel" may be delayed. It is remarkable that the time span of more than three years does not appear to be sufficient to set up the automation and administration systems and processes in such a way that the measure can be implemented. It is also known that older soot filters limit the emission of particulate matter and soot, but do cause an increase in nitrogen dioxides. A calculation of the effect of the tax increase on the environment has also never been made public. The Tax Authorities have not stated that as a reason. For the time being, the delay is attributed to IT problems within the Tax Authorities.

Lost soot filters, Ministry does not intervene

In the meantime, another remarkable case was playing out. Large landlord Bo-Rent was discredited because it has numerous diesel delivery vans in the fleet, whereby no soot filter would be present at all. A sample, conducted by Een Vandaag, gave a definite answer about this. Without a soot filter, diesels emit a multitude of fine dust and soot. Bo-Rent has denied that the filters have been removed. According to the lessor, the parts were stolen. It is striking that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management already appeared to be aware of the soot filter soap at Bo Rent in 2017, but that there was no question of any action - at least not in a public sense. And that while it is strictly forbidden to remove soot filters from modern cars. It puts the real intentions regarding, for example, the environmental issue in a different light.

Propaganda without national enforcement

The anti-diesel propaganda has been widely rolled out by various politicians and environmental organizations, but concrete enforcement does not take place on a national scale. However, the announced measures did cast their shadow ahead. In recent years it has led to a decrease in (older) diesel vehicles, or a waning interest in this category. The latest developments indicate - just like the barely functioning environmental zones - and that the measures (or the lack thereof) are increasingly shrouded in symbolism. It is time for diesel policy to be fairly redefined. Both process and numerical. In this way, the correct and proportionate decisions can be taken. And private and business diesel drivers actually know where they stand. After years of muddling, they have every right to it.



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  1. People always buy a younger car, buy more and more consciously with regard to the environment and the dirtier diesel car disappears automatically as a result.
    Why spend a lot of effort and money on all kinds of political nonsense and investigations?

  2. Ego politics. You just call some nonsense and almost everyone earns money from it. Consequence of the Amsterdam merchant spirit.

  3. Well the individuals know where they stand. The government wants to knock the money out of their bags again. When it comes to the environment, why don't they first look at the countries where there is war and attacks that are being carried out that are far more important for the environment. No, they do not dare to do so, even in those countries where they have no influence. We are at the forefront again and pay without actually getting better. And shipping then ??

  4. Well… the diesel offensive was set in motion by a few and subsequently reported so widely in the media that something had to happen.
    Absolute measures, different for each location, while the excise duties and / or the MRB increase. Also for those who have to commute daily. The government approves of it all and lets it take its course.
    I myself do not drive diesel for years because I make too few kilometers for that, but have to do with those who drive a diesel from 2004 or older. You will only have to pay the maximum motor vehicle tax and not even be allowed to drive to work or home ...

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