Tax for the old diesel. What about now?


Some time ago we informed you about the plans of the tax authorities to tax the "polluting" old diesel with an additional surcharge of 15%. A private diesel is considered to be polluting if it emits more than 5 mg of fine dust (without a factory-fitted soot filter) per kilometer. For commercial used delivery vans, that name applies if it was 1 years or older as of January 12. The start date of this measure was set at 1 January 2019, but it has been postponed.

As is known, the Tax Authorities have had problems with the implementation of new systems for some time. The ICT that is responsible for the correct levy of motor vehicle tax is one of the concerns. The surcharge of 15% on the regular MRB rate for diesels with emissions of more than 5 mg of fine dust per kilometer and without a soot filter (ex works) was postponed. Yet the tax is still levied; not with retroactive effect, but with effect from 1 January 2020. Measures for diesel cars that received their first admission date 40 years or more ago have not yet been mentioned.

Advance on IT problems: two notes

The tax authorities take an advance on IT problems. It covers itself by imposing the assessment in two parts on January 1. The regular MRB rate and the supplement are presented to the taxpayer with a separate assessment. In other words: the owner receives either two bills or two debits per period for the molars.

Supplement also for diesels with filter installed afterwards

The charge also remains in place for the "polluting" diesel driver who installed a soot filter afterwards. We wrote that before. But it is precisely those who opted to contribute to the environment during the second half of the previous decade and to invest in a soot filter that will get the fiscal lid on. That is all the more strange because the government is purchasing one after market soot filter for some time.

Another bill from 2021

Anyway: the charge is therefore continued and the surcharge applies to preferably 700.000 owners who drive a polluting diesel without a factory filter. That means that in fact everyone with a diesel that complies with the Euro 4 standard or lower may be next. From 2021 onwards, they will again receive one assessment with the total rate (MRB + extra levy). The Euro 5 standard diesels are not included, also because the manufacturers had to install a filter in order to achieve the required emission values ​​of soot particles.

Environmental zones: presumably mainly valid for Euro 4 norm and lower

It was already clear earlier that the environmental zones in the Netherlands will soon be subject to simplified regulations, and when they are set up they apply to diesels that do not meet the Euro four or Euro five standards. It is logical to assume that municipalities, which choose to set the environmental zone, opt for the latter standard as a minimum requirement. An exception may apply to old-timers, depending on how the municipalities concerned formulate their policy.


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  2. It's nothing new that this hypocritical government is solely interested in raking money. Moreover, this government has nothing against real pollution. As long as you pay. The slogan is therefore: “the payer pollutes”
    And they are happy with that in The Hague.

  3. no matter how you look at it, the (r) government is only interested in our best, our stock market.
    work and acquire, pay taxes and die.

  4. To return to 40 + year diesels ff: could it not be better to run these front-room diesels on salad oil? The Polish workers also did when they went to Poland for a weekend. That was a good buy than diesel. Is that not good news for the soot emissions complained of? A little while ago I saw a rather mature American mechanic who gave an old Merc diesel that had slept a while (13 years) an internal cleaning with a mixture of diesel and veggie oil. After a few hours the device ran much better / cleaner / quieter etc.

    • That's right, but that will never happen because that is tax evasion, you do not pay any duty.
      Driven for years with W123 diesels, much on vegetable oil, and it was good to see that the exhaust became cleaner, less soot. Engine also runs nicer.

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