French HGV ‘ecotax’ postponed

In the wake of violent clashes between protestors and riot police, the French government today announced the postponement of an ecotax tax on HGVs which was due to be introduced on 1st January 2014.

Leaving the door open for future introduction of the scheme, which was expected to generate annual revenue of €1.2 billion. French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said more time was required to make adjustments.

The tax was initially planned to take effect at the beginning of this month but was put back due to technical problems.

France’s main road haulage federations continued their campaign for the postponement of the ecotax claiming there would not have been time to complete the registration of vehicles by the 1st January.

Levied at an average rate of €0.12-13 per km, the tax will apply to commercial vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes, plying over 12,000km of French highways, excluding toll motorways. It will be applicable to an estimated 800,000 HGVs, including 200,000 foreign trucks.