Is it usual to be charged a malus on second-hand car?

I was shocked to be charged a malus (penalty) fee on a second-hand car. Is this a new law?  N.P.

No, this is not a new law. There has been a malus penalty on certain more powerful and polluting second-hand cars for several years. 

There was a change last year to make the criteria for this relate to the power of the vehicle (expressed in a unit ...

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