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Belgian region of Flanders will cut road tax for cars on natural gas

 

monday, 9. November 2015

The Belgian region of Flanders will cut road tax for cars on natural gas to zero next year. Registration taxes will also be scrapped for natural gas cars. The measures will be in place till at least 2020.

The measures were announced last week by energy minister Annemarie Turtelboom, in the wake of the uproar over Volkswagen’s admission to using software to defeat emissions tests and the problems diesel is facing as a fuel. Flanders wants 100.000 ‘green cars’ by 2020 on its roads, and it expects 40.000 of these to be running on natural gas. Belgium has around 2000 cars on natural gas at the moment and 40 filling stations operated by three companies (among which NGVA member Dats24). Other companies (CNG net and Q8) have plans to enter the market soon.

The main thrust of Flanders’ leap forward von green transport will come from electric cars, with the region expanding the numbers of recharging points and also scrapping taxes for electric vehicles. The measures help to implement the Dafi. Raising the number of cars on alternative fuels through tax credits, also increases the willingsness to invest in the necessary expansion of the infrastructure.

Diesel was already facing an uphill battle in Flanders over its environmental track record. Diesel is a popular fuel in Belgium. Taxes are exactly the same for diesel and gasoline cars, but at the pump diesel can be 25 percent cheaper per liter than gasoline. With the performance of diesel cars equal even better than gasoline cars at much lower consumption levels, thrifty Belgians decided to switch to diesel on a large scale. More than 70 percent of all cars in Belgium is equipped with diesel engines. But the high number of diesel engines increasingly drew critics to the forefront, stinging its relatively poor track record on particulate matter and NOx, particularly of older engines.

The Flanders government is now turning away from diesel. Taxes on the fuel will be raised in the coming three years (taxes on gasoline will be lowered).

Spain has measures to boost the sales of natural gas vehicles in preparation. They are expected to be announced before the end of the year.

http://www.ngvaeurope.eu/belgian-region-of-flanders-will-cut-road-tax-for-cars-on-natural-gas