Low-emission cars also caught in CO2 tax rise

Mayor Anne Hidalgo takes to a cycle lane on car-free Sunday in October. Airparif pollution agency said nitrogen dioxide levels fell up to 25% on main roads compared to a normal Sunday. Ms Hidalgo said it would stay an annual event.

Taxes on CO2 emitting vehicles are due to get tougher in the new year with higher penalties for drivers buying new vehicles – in some cases quadruple what they would have paid this year.

However, buyers of relatively low emission vehicles will be disproportionately harder hit as the government lowered the minimum limit for the tax.

Today, the tax penalty starts at 127g/km (which means an extra €50 on the carte grise cost) but in 2018 the €50 penalty starts at 121 ...

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