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Climate law: MEPs remove a tax advantage on road diesel for 2030

2021-04-10T21:37:38.308Z

The majority want to speed up the renewal of heavy vehicle fleets in favor of trucks running on hydrogen, bio-gas or bio-diesel.



The deputies scheduled this Saturday the removal of a tax advantage on road diesel by 2030, despite warnings from the right on its consequences on the road transport sector, during the examination of the bill "

Climate

".

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The National Assembly widely adopted this measure with 73 votes in favor, six against and nine abstentions.

This provides for the phased elimination until 2030 of the tax advantage enjoyed by road diesel over TICPE (internal consumption tax on energy products).

The majority thus wish to give a boost to the renewal of heavy vehicle fleets for the benefit of trucks running on hydrogen, bio-gas or bio-diesel.

With a horizon: the end of the sale of heavy goods vehicles using "

fossil fuel

" in 2040 voted in the hemicycle.

For the right, this goal for 2030 is wishful thinking and risks having serious social and economic consequences for a French flag already weakened by dumping, mostly from Eastern European countries.

We have had to stop this 'bashing truck' for a few years,

” said LR Jean-Marie Sermier.

"

The increase in taxation which will result from the adoption of this article will handicap French companies

", expressed his colleague Vincent Descoeur's alarm.

Ecotaxes in voluntary regions

For the LR deputies who have tabled a cascade of deletion amendments, carriers will automatically find themselves in a dead end because they will not be able to switch massively to low-carbon vehicles due to the weakness of the industrial supply.

With a fleet of 600,000 trucks which must be changed every six years, there is no "

industrial capacity to massify production to produce enough trucks

", argued Jean-Marie Sermier.

The Minister of Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari opposed him “

direct aid to support the sector

” towards a renewal of the fleet with “

more virtuous

machines

, and a “

favorable

French industrial ecosystem

to produce these vehicles.

He also promised social and political regulation "

much more effective at European level

".

To avoid any distortion of competition with neighboring countries, the trajectory will be specified at the end of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2022, specifies the bill.

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Another sensitive point on the menu of deputies on Saturday: the hypothetical establishment of an eco-tax in voluntary regions, passed without incident by the Assembly despite the opposition of the right and LFI.

The LRs have had a good time recalling the bitter failure of the stillborn ecotax under the Holland five-year term, criticizing a new "

taxation

" penalizing "

in an arbitrary and unfair manner

" the carriers of landlocked territories.

LFI Loïc Prud'homme criticized the "

return of a variable geometry ecotax

" and "

a way for the government to discard

" the Regions on a delicate subject despite the climate emergency.

He also pinned down the implementation of such a measure by hypothetical orders.

"

You are on a political communication but not a practical construction

", tackled the socialist Dominique Potier, however confessing a "

humility

" before addressing a subject which had been a "

scathing experience

" for the left with the sling of the "

red caps

".

Source: lefigaro

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