Skip to comments.France caves in to Brittany ‘ecotax’ protesters
Posted on 10/30/2013 10:43:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The French government has decided to suspend an unpopular environmental tax on heavy goods vehicles following a weekend of protests in Brittany. The move is expected to cost the France hundreds of millions of euros in lost revenue.
The unpopular ecotax, aimed at encouraging environmentally-friendly commercial transport, was designed to impose new levies on French and foreign vehicles transporting commercial goods weighing over 3.5 tonnes (3.86 tons).
Critics in Brittany said the tax would seriously damage the regions precarious farming and food sectors by increasing transportation costs, driving companies out of business and leading to major job losses.
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The current fleet of vehicles will eventually be replaced with less polluting, more (I hate this phrase) eco-friendly ones. Instead of imposing yet another tax, just let “nature take it’s course”.
“The move is expected to cost the France hundreds of millions of euros in lost revenue.”
Or to put it another way, “The move is expected to save French citizens and businesses hundreds of millions of euros.”