Belgium's Kilometer Tax Opposed
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Humanist group cdH of the Walloon parliament in Belgium has rejected the
idea of a road tax levied per kilometre travelled, advocating instead the introduction
of an inclusive road tax disc, which could then be modified to take certain environmental
criteria into account.
According to the leader of the group, Maxime Prévot, a road tax disc
could, for example, be modified to take into consideration the maximum weight
of vehicles. Car drivers would then contribute to road maintenance.
CdH maintains that the introduction of a tax levied per kilometre travelled
would simply be unfair for individuals either living in rural areas or with
little access to public transport. It also raises the question of how the system
will not only be implemented and regulated, but how it will affect
individual privacy, the group notes.
The group’s comments come in the wake of a recent proposal put forward
by Walloon’s Budget and Finance Minister André Antoine, who has
suggested the idea of introducing a progressive motorway levy in Belgium.
Under the proposal, the motorway levy would initially take the form of a road
tax disc. This levy would then develop into a tax levied per kilometre travelled.
The introduction of a road toll is due to be debated by the Walloon and Flemish governments
as well as the government in Brussels.