A Fuel Tax Would Be Fairer

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A Fuel Tax Would Be Fairer
A Fuel Tax Would Be Fairer

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According to the Automobilcubs of Germany (AvD), the new vehicle tax from July is associated with great uncertainty. In addition, the project has some weak points.

Autogazette: You complain about confusion about the new vehicle tax. How insecure are drivers?

Count von der Schulenburg:Many drivers believe that the new regulation applies to everyone. But: The old calculation still applies to all vehicles registered before November 5, 2008, and this in any case until January 1, 2013. The new regulation applies to vehicles that are newly registered from July 1, 2009. For vehicles newly registered between November 5, 2008 and June 30, 2009, there is an exception with a limited tax exemption depending on the pollutant classification. If this expires, a feasibility check is carried out for this group, that is, the tax calculation system automatically applies the one that leads to the tax rate that is more favorable for the driver.

The winners are the small cars

Autogazette: Who can benefit from it now and who doesn't?

Graf von der Schulenburg: Roughly speaking, under the new tax system, those who opt for a new vehicle with an economical, rather small-volume engine from July 1st can save, whereas vehicles with larger cubic capacities and higher CO2 emissions are somewhat more expensive. Are you in a worse position with a vehicle that you bought before the deadline? Yes and no, depending on which engine you have chosen.

Autogazette: Who are the winners and losers on the manufacturers' side?

Count von der Schulenburg:Basically, one can say that in 2009 new registrations have seen high increases so far, especially for small and compact cars, and that tax also plays a role in this. Manufacturers of such cars benefit accordingly.

Autogazette: Environmental groups complain about the tame taxation, especially of large diesel SUVs, what is your position?

Graf von der Schulenburg: From an environmental point of view, the new tax regulation, especially in the example mentioned, certainly falls short. Depending on the vehicle model, a certain surcharge is due, but the contribution changes are usually not so drastic that the consumer is actually induced to rethink or change.

Mineral oil tax more suitable

Autogazette: Do you consider the regulation to be the ultimate conclusion, or does it need to be improved?

Graf von der Schulenburg: The AvD has long been calling for the vehicle tax to be transferred to the mineral oil tax. In any case, this is the fairer model: Those who drive a lot, use a lot of fuel and thus emit more pollutants, ultimately also produce CO2, would in this case proportionally pay more than those who drive less. (AG)