Mileage tax in the Netherlands wanted
In the Netherlands a mileage tax is being considered for cars and for transportation traffic. Lorries only represent 3% of the total number of vehicles but they produce 18% of the CO2 emission and even 40% of the NOx is caused by road transport. It is time for action and cleaner trucks will pay less taxes.
Clean trucks pay less
In other European countries such as Belgium, Germany and Poland this kind of taxation already exists. In the Netherlands road usage is free, both for clean and heavily polluting trucks. They only pay once a year for the “Eurovignet” but it has no mileage limitation. Furthermore, this sticker makes hardly a difference between clean and more polluting trucks. In Germany for example, a Euro 2-truck pays 60% more taxes compared to a Euro 6-truck.
Holland is loosing money
This mileage tax could yield 1 billion a year for the Netherlands. Today the country looses in terms of environmental damage and foreign companies do not pay, however Dutch companies have to pay in Germany and Belgium. Holland has to do something when the country wants to meet the climate model of Paris and a smart mileage tax might be a solution.
Pay the bill for infrastructure
This mileage tax could also reduce the number of vehicles. This would be of interest to reduce air pollution and the number of accidents. The tax is also important to pay the bill for extra infrastructure to reduce the growing problem of traffic jams in the future. Making more use of water ways might be a part of the solution.
Easy to install
It is also quite easy for the Dutch government to implement a mileage taxation as most Dutch trucks already have a tax device in their vehicles because they are already using it in other European countries. For foreign drivers this extra taxation won’t be an issue because they are used to pay for a mileage tax in other European countries.