Car tax: the more you pollute, the more you pay

The principle bonus manus on the environment according to the more you pollute, the more you pay, will be extended to the charges of possession of motor vehicles: after the ecotax or deposit and incentives for the purchase of models, reduced emissions, in fact, the Government aims to apply it also to the car tax.

It should be read in this sense, the signing of the protocol “Clean Air”, signed at Turin by premier Count with six ministers (Environment, Economy, economic Development, Infrastructure and transport, agriculture, Health), together with the Regions and autonomous Provinces.

The draft contains a series of measures necessary to respond to two different infringement procedures coming from the European Union, relating to slippages on the emissions of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.

Among the different planned actions, which involve very different sectors, such as agriculture, transport, household heating, exit from the coal, stands out the one named “disincentive to the use of vehicles with high emissions of pollutants”: a measure in some way anticipated by the minister of the Environment, Sergio Costa, and in the hearing of the Environment committee, the Chamber had cited the commitment of the ministry of Economy to develop a legislative proposal to identify criteria for “bonus malus”” in the rates of car tax.

The tax possession of the magazine in this sense could become a kind of stamp duty “on consumption”, based on the consumption of fuel, proportional to the CO2 emissions considered as climate-changing.

But such a proposal should be assessed with the right caution: be based, indeed, on the only data of the CO2 to assess the rate of pollution of a vehicle would mean not to consider other elements emissions, such as particulate matter and the biosssido of nitrogen.

Another element to consider for the model of “pay-4 use“, recently introduced in the Netherlands, which consists of pay based on the actual use of the vehicle and not, as is the case in Italy, based on the data of the power svluppata and environmental class.

A solution of the latter adopted more than ten years ago and which is beginning to show its limits: for example, puts the same level as a modern Euro6 diesel models with Euro4 with several years of seniority.

The protocol signed at Turin provides that the Mef (Ministry of Economy and Finance), on the basis of the bonus malus already adopted styles within 180 days, a proposal of amendments to the legislation in force today, perhaps taking into account what has already been reported by the National Plan Integrated Energy and Climate, which provides for a review to gradually “tax systems on the transport (matriculation fee, tax, possession tax, fuel taxes, etc…)“.