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French Ecotax delayed again

[ September 5, 2013   //   ]

France’s new ‘Ecotaxe’ for trucks, due to be introduced on 1 October, is unlikely now to be introduced January 2014 at the earliest, reports the British International Freight Association. The tax will be charged on all French and foreign commercial vehicles over 3.5 tons on 15,000 kilometres of the national and district road network.

The scheme was announced in the spring of this year but expected trials in the Alsace region of France did not take place. All commercial goods vehicles over 3.5 tons will need to be equipped with an on board GPS unit which calculates the amount of tax due based upon the vehicle size, distance and roads travelled. Depending on vehicle size, the tax will range from 8 and 14 euro centres per kilometre.