Most EU member states currently apply some form of CO2 tax to the registration and/or ownership of cars. These taxation systems are based on the CO2 values from the lab test, which can be found on the car’s certificate of conformity.
The move to the new WLTP test should not negatively impact vehicle taxation by increasing costs for the consumers. After all, the vehicle’s performance is not affected by the transition to WLTP. However, WLTP will result in a higher g/km CO2 value for a specific vehicle compared to NEDC, simply because it is more rigorous than the old test.
WLTP should not negatively impact vehicle taxation
- The European Commission should make clear to member states that the shift to WLTP should not negatively impact vehicle taxation by increasing costs for consumers.
- National governments should also adapt their taxation systems, since WLTP will result in a higher CO2 value for the one and same vehicle compared to NEDC. If they fail to do so, the introduction of the new test procedure will increase the financial burden on consumers.