Road tax changes to penalise polluting vehicles
DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 📷 GEORGE PSYLLIDES
The cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the law on motor vehicles, which abolish consumption taxes across the board and introduces an emission-based road tax for passenger vehicles and light vans. The changes concern vehicles registered in the Republic after the law comes into force at the beginning of 2019. The changes will see a rise in the road tax of passenger vehicles with high CO2 emissions and a rise in the road tax of newly registered passenger vehicles and vans according to their age. According to the bill, road tax for those two vehicle categories will take into consideration the combined cycle CO2 emissions – euros per gramme per kilometre. For 120 gr/km the tax will €0.50 per gr/km, or €60; between 120 and 150, €3; 150 to 180, €6; over 180, €12. Annual road tax cannot exceed €1,500. On top of this, road tax charged on used vehicles imported after the law comes into force will also include additional charges based on their age. No charges will be imposed on used cars, petrol or diesel, up to one-year-old; between one and two, zero for petrol and €100 for diesel; two to three, €50 for petrol and €200 for diesel; three to four €100 and €300; four to five, €250 and €500; five to eight, €500 to €1,000; eight to 10, €750 and €1,500; over 10, €1,000 and €2,000.