From 2030, motorists will pay according to use news

News feature | 01-07-2022 | 17:15

More future-proof motor vehicle tax replaces payment for car ownership

From 2030, car owners will no longer have to pay for car ownership, but for car use. The government wants to reform the current motor vehicle tax to a kilometer-dependent tax for cars and vans. In the new system, motorists pay for the actual use of the road and no longer pay a fixed amount to own a car. It does not matter where and when these kilometers were driven. The Council of Ministers has agreed to send a letter to the House of Representatives with the first elaboration of these plans from the coalition agreement.

With the current motor vehicle tax (MRB), a fixed amount is paid per. bil pr. year. A motorist who drives a few kilometers now pays as much mrb as a motorist who drives a lot. By transforming the current system from property tax to user tax, the burden of car mobility will be distributed more evenly and fairly. The total cost remains the same. Drivers who drive a little pay less than drivers who drive a lot. The pay-as-you-go system also makes an important contribution to the two objectives set out in the coalition agreement: maintaining tax revenues and reducing CO2 emissions in mobility.

Minister Harbers for Infrastructure and Water Management: “In everyday life you pay for what you use; for example, your groceries and your clothes. Motorists will soon no longer pay to own a car, but to use it. This system is fairer because the burden is broken down by use. Drivers who drive a little pay less than drivers who drive a lot. They put less strain on the road network and the environment than motorists who drive several kilometers. ”

Minister of Finance Van Rij: “Motorists are increasingly choosing an electric car. And that’s a good thing, because as a cabinet, we’re calling for this because of the climate. This means that the state’s revenue from car taxes will decrease over time, especially due to declining revenues from fuel taxes. This year, we are collecting around 14 billion euros, of which more than 4 billion euros through motor vehicle tax. Maintaining these government revenues is one of the reasons for introducing a new and future-proof system. Soon, all motorists, including electric motorists, will have to pay tax again depending on how much they use the road. In this way, public facilities such as care, education and (maintenance of) roads can also be paid for in the future. ”

Pay after use

The government intends to introduce the system of payment after use in 2030 by making the rate of the current MRB for all passenger cars and vans kilometer dependent, without distinguishing between time and place in the kilometer rate. So it does not matter where or when someone drives. Mileage abroad also counts. To collect the tax, it is only necessary to record how many kilometers a car drives annually. The government does not need to know where and when these kilometers were driven, and that guarantees privacy.

Deliberate car use

With the introduction of post-use payment, motorists are encouraged to use their car more consciously. In this way, cars also help to reduce CO2 emissions. A system of payment after use therefore has a positive effect on improving air quality and is expected to reduce congestion on the road. These effects are under further investigation.

The new system will be introduced budget-neutral at the level of car taxes from 2025. Tax losses after 2030, as a result of further growth in the number of electric cars after 2030, will be compensated by increasing the mileage rate annually. This will ensure that government revenues remain stable in the future.

Consequences for existing payment routes

It has been agreed in the coalition agreement that the still existing toll routes will be canceled at the same time as the reform of MRB. Temporary tolls are currently being prepared for two routes that have not yet been completed: the Blankenburg link and ViA15. The government is currently mapping the consequences of the abolition of tolls on these routes. Tolls are now also levied for the Westerschelde tunnel and the Kilt tunnel, both administered by local authorities.

further path

The principle of paying according to the need for car mobility is not new. There have been several plans to introduce such a system. The government wants to learn as much as possible from past comparable processes and address the concerns of complexity, privacy, affordability and ease of use. Discussions are therefore being held with interest groups and local authorities. Various studies of further details are also being carried out, such as the implications of the system for different households.

A number of important choices still need to be made. For example, about the way in which the number of kilometers driven is recorded and what it means if the fare is made dependent on the car’s weight and fuel type, as in the current mrb. This is currently under further investigation.

The aim is to adopt the legislation during this term of office and to make other preparations necessary for the introduction of the new system. Further studies will be conducted in the near future. The goal is to start an internet consultation on the draft law by mid-2023.

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