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French government studying introduction of tax on foreign trucks
"I am looking for a system to make foreign trucks pay," said Segolene Royal, French Minister of Ecology in a televised interview on RMC and BFM TV, in which she justified the introduction of a system to tax foreign carriers specifically, as they are not subject to other French taxes, including that on motor fuel.
The new Minister, appointed with the government's remodelling earlier this month, said that one of the options being studied is forcing foreign trucks to use toll motorways.
In this case, the concessionaires, "which were privatised for figures below their real value and which generate very large profits, would have to make a contribution to the budget for the construction and repair of transport infrastructures," he said.
Another idea, inspired by the Swiss model, would be for trucks to pay a toll when entering France, which would prevent the controversy around the echo-tax, which has been suspended since last October due to massive protests, particularly in the region of Brittany.
With the echo-tax, carriers were intended to pay for the use of toll free motorways in order to fund the construction and remodelling of the country's road network.
Royal said many truckers cross France without refuelling, and do so in neighbouring countries - cited cases of Spain and Luxembourg - in order to pay the cheapest fuel prices.
Publication date: 4/18/2014
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