Pompili tweeted: “The weight tax that we are creating sends a strong and necessary message to take into account the environmental impact of the heaviest vehicles. The heavier the cars, the more materials and energy they consume, with more pollution. ”
The new tax will be introduced in the 2021 French budget and will not apply to electric cars. Top-selling SUVs from French brands like Peugeot and Renault weigh less than 1,800 kg, but larger luxury models from German brands like Mercedes and Audi will be affected.
The most CO2-emitting cars are already subject to taxes of up to € 20,000 (around £ 18,267) in France. Despite this, the country has experienced a slowdown in its reduction in CO2 emissions, with large SUVs taking responsibility.
The WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) says that SUVs were the second source of increase in greenhouse gases in France between 2008 and 2018, with the airline industry being the most important. It is also true, however, that SUV sales in Europe increased significantly during this period, mainly at the expense of other types of cars.
According to France 24, WWF said: “The 4.3 million sold in France during this decade have the same carbon footprint as 25 million compact electric cars.”
A French government source told AFP (Agence France-Presse) that the weight tax “aims to encourage people to avoid very large and heavy models, but also to encourage the industry to take into account the its entire ecological footprint and not just emissions ”.
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