Today the General Consultation on Tax Obligation took place, whereby State Secretary Weekers of Finance would explain his letter containing 6 options for the new old-timer scheme and answer questions about it.
The 6 options for the new old-timer scheme that Weekers mentioned in his letter to the Lower House are as follows:
- Age limit for exemption from motor vehicle tax per 1 January 2014 increase to cars of 30 years and older, with the addition of LPG surcharge and diesel surcharge in the structural situation.
- Exemption from motor vehicle tax for petrol cars from 30 years and older and exemption from diesel and LPG cars from 40 years and older.
- Same as 2, but with the introduction of a quarterly rate for motor vehicle tax (30 year for gasoline cars and 40 year for diesel and LPG cars).
- Complete driving count for vehicles older than 40 year (no distinction in fuel type).
- Introduction of an 30 day ticket (based on a suspension whereby 30 can be driven onto the road days a year, this must be reported digitally).
- Mileage registration and charging based on kilometers driven for cars of 30 years and older.
As already known, the consultation with the old-timer alliance failed because this old-timer alliance only wanted to agree to an increase in the age limit, without further financial consequences. According to State Secretary Weekers, this was not a realistic option because it would be too expensive. In his letter, Weekers indicated that he had a preference for option 3, 5 and, to a lesser extent, option 4.
During the consultations, the positions of the various political parties soon became clear:
- Neppèrus (VVD) has doubts about the feasibility of the day ticket. The true old-timers that reflect the cultural heritage should be spared as far as she is concerned and that is why she sees the most in option 4: raising the age limit to 40 years. She also finds the quarterly rate (option 3) negotiable.
- Groot (PvdA) also has doubts about the feasibility of the 30 day ticket. Groot sees the most in option 3 because everyone contributes, and option 4 is certainly negotiable for Groot because this protects the cultural heritage and is in line with the earlier motion by Bashir (SP).
- Bashir (SP) is not in favor of the quarterly rate. According to Bashir, the introduction of the quarterly rate would lead to an export of vintage cars.
- Van Vliet (PVV) invites Weekers to consult again and to look at which options are the most feasible and can count on support from the sector organizations. Van Vliet sees the most in an option where old-timer owners can choose from a day ticket system and quarterly tax. Cars from 50 years and older should also be fully exempted.
Weekers regrets that he has not come out with the old-timer alliance. According to him, the old-timer alliance only wanted to stick to the age increase and other options could not be discussed with the sector organizations. For example, Weekers indicated that the idea of Van Vliet (old-timer owner being given a choice of day ticket or quarterly rate) was presented to the branch organizations but that they saw no benefit in it.
The State Secretary acknowledged that cars that currently have no MOT liability (such as cars from the '40 and' 50 years) should also remain exempt under the new regulation. According to Weekers, this will also fit within the budget.
Weekers finds the possibility for the old-timer owner to choose between a day ticket and a quarterly rate: cars that are cherished will not be on the street and an 30 day ticket is a good solution, but cars that are outside (the day ticket is a vehicle suspended and may therefore not stand on the public road) are fine with a quarterly rate. Weekers finds the quarterly rate, which on average will be 130 Euro, very reasonable and affordable.
Weekers indicated that he would make an "ultimate attempt", trying to come up with a new design for the old-timer scheme. This proposal will be based on option 3, 4 and 5, with the comment that the costs may not exceed 20 million euros. When an option turns out to be around (or above) the 30 million euro, this option is dropped (read: less to be spent on MRB, ed.) Weekers hopes that the branch organizations will support this proposal, if not then he hopes a majority in the Chamber for this. This new proposal will be announced to Weekers by letter to the House of Representatives at the beginning of next week, so that the proposal can be considered before the May recess.
Rob ter Huurne, www.volvotips.com