SPD Plan: means the new CO2 tax for motorists


Refueling and more expensive life: SPD plan: means the new CO2 tax for motorists

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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) considers urgent action to reduce CO2 emissions in Germany. Tenants and drivers should pay.

Friday received favorable wind from its counterparts at the Bremen Conference of Environment Ministers: it should develop a model of incentives that could make some energy sources more expensive, while others could make them cheaper. The SPD is in agreement with a request from the Greens. The VIP news had already been reported in October on Schulze's plans.

SPD calls new tax "CO2 price"

The objective of the so-called "CO2 price" is to increase the operating costs of cars with petrol, diesel or natural gas, in order to be able to cross-finance electromobility or other projects. It is also about the energy transition, which has brought the highest electricity costs to end consumers in the EU in Germany.

Schulze is now drafting a proposal that complies with European law and complies with the ways in which CO2-intensive fossil fuels such as oil, gasoline and gas can be made more expensive and, in turn, regenerativeally produced electricity can be made cheaper. It was not more revenue for the state, Schulze assured, that he did not even want to talk about a tax. "We have to get off the high CO2 emissions in Germany," said SPD Minister, but did not mention any details on the design of the new tax or at the time of its introduction.

Already there are different taxes on petrol and diesel, including ecological taxes and VAT. The federal government has also increased vehicle taxes only in September; but hit only the new cars with a first registration since September. In the future, motorists will have to adapt to the additional costs resulting from the new CO2 tax.

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The Minister of the Environment wants a hardware retrofit at the beginning of 2019

At the same time, the ministers of the environment want to increase the political pressure on the car companies, so that they take up quickly and completely the financing of the hardware upgrade of the diesel cars. So far, only VW and Daimler have agreed to fund the controversial systems.

"Who sheds, who pays, it can not be that at the end of the deception is also the stupid and in view of the conversion at the expense," said the Minister of Environment of the Saarland, Reinhold Jost (SPD). Schulze believes that the hardware retrofits promised by parts of the automotive industry – VW and Daimler – are too late for 2020. They should come in early 2019.

Reality passes

Technically and legally, however, this is impossible because the Nachrüster has not submitted or corresponding applications for ABE (operating license) at the Federal Motor Vehicle Office nor the necessary tests and approval processes in this period are possible. Moreover, apart from VW and Daimler so far in any car company, an illegal shutdown device found in diesel engines, that's why the vast majority of manufacturers can not legally be forced to finance. The driving ban remains unsolved.

sv / With agency material


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