With the elections approaching, I am curious about the car tax plans of the political parties. The K-word (kilometre tax) pops up here and there again. Although I pay too much for road tax, I say: keep it as it is. Because what I have experienced in the countries surrounding us...
We pay 202 euros in road tax every month for our two cars at home (one diesel and one petrol). I think that's a lot of money. Anyway, with both cars together we drive approximately 28,000 kilometers per year. That is almost three times as much as the average Dutch person spends. In that sense we might pay as we go.
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On the other hand, it is a bit stinging that EV drivers with their heavy battery boxes are still rolling onto our beautiful asphalt for free. It is unclear how long this will remain the case. Of course, there is something to be said for the fact that electric cars will soon no longer be buzzing around tax-free, but if politicians really want to ban cars with combustion engines, it must remain attractive to drive EVs. And the tax plans for plug-in hybrids are also not exactly reassuring.
We could have booked a nice plane trip last summer with the 2,424 euros that we pay annually for MRB. Instead, we packed our tent in the car and drove through Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. We left the Dutch road network untouched for three weeks and 4,500 kilometers.
We didn't get a discount for that. On the contrary. What we did take were countless blows and bumps from poorly maintained roads. We were also annoyed by countless green and yellow autobahn green and yellow construction sites and the inimitable variation in speed limits. As far as I'm concerned, the German highway is the most overrated asphalt, or rather: kedoengkedoengkedoeng concrete, in the world. What also surprised us at our eastern neighbors were the late or even unannounced closures of the - sometimes poor quality - internal roads.
We paid 29 euros for an Austrian toll vignette, and then we also had to pay about 10 euros extra for the Brenner Pass. In Italy we knew the hailstones from hell fortunately avoidable, but the toll roads, there was no escape. The road surface was reasonable, the rates were not. Up to Umbria and back to the French border cost us almost 130 euros. And when we once came across a toll-free Italian stretch, it felt like we were driving through the working area of a giant Doctor Pimple Popper.
Then France. Nothing but praise for the TOLL. Smooth asphalt, consistent speed limits and hardly any work. Then you have something. But it also costs something. Including the Mont-Blanc tunnel, we spent over 100 euros. Had a nice holiday, but the total toll bill was quite high: 275 euros in less than three weeks!
Then the price we pay for our own fantastic road network is almost a bargain. It's a shame that foreign road users don't contribute a cent... And also that we will soon - if it is up to some political parties - also pay Dutch kilometer tax for extra kilometers abroad. This is technically the easiest and also the cheapest 'solution' for the government. There is no such thing as a flight tax. So as far as I'm concerned: leave the Dutch road tax as it is!
This post was last modified on November 12, 2023 6:04 am
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