Driving a large, fuel-loving vehicles is getting more expensive all over the place. The latest location where a sin tax is being considered is the Netherlands, where the Dutch government is planning a tax on high-CO2 emitting vehicles that could add up to a few thousand euros a year for the really bad ones. This law is dependent on the number of grams of CO2 emitted per kilometer and will only affect vehicle that spew more than 240 g/km (200 for diesels
). This leaves consumers with plenty of vehicles to choose from, but SUVs like the BMW X5
, Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee
Pajero will be hit.
How big is the hit? A substantial 80 to 90 euros per gram above the 240 level. Reuters breaks that down for some of the big polluters in their article
. Clean cars would get a break under the system, which will go into effect Jan. 1 if approved by the Dutch parliament.
[Source: Reuters / Gilbert Kreijger]