the "Bonus-Malus" returns ...

Dominique de Villepin on Thursday relaunched a form of "bonus-malus" for the most polluting cars, announcing that the gray card would "depend on the polluting nature of the vehicles" from January 1.

The Prime Minister specified that "for 8% of vehicles, this will represent a doubling of the amount of the vehicle registration document", while "for other vehicles, this measure will be neutral".

According to its services, only vehicles emitting more than 140 grams of CO2 per km will be taxed in addition to the current cost of the gray card: it will therefore only be a "penalty" for the most polluting vehicles, to pay a only once to purchase.

The 8% of the highest taxes raised by the Prime Minister are very large sedans, minivans and some most 4X4, which all emit more than 200 CO2 g per km.

"The largest cars would be the most penalized, but this is not the heart of the offer of French manufacturers," observed Thursday the president of the Committee of French automakers (CCFA) Manuel Gomez.

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On the other hand, there would be no penalty or bonus for vehicles which emit less than 140 grams of CO2 (20% of gasoline vehicles and 40% of diesel vehicles registered in 2004).

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