Blog: Intra-EU vehicle taxation
Dave Leggett | 9 May 2003
And some markets are - in terms of regulations and taxation - better for diesel than others. France has a broadly pro-diesel set-up and has the highest diesel penetration rate in Europe. That's no accident. In Britain, the company car (it could account for as much as 50% of the new car market) benefit-in-kind rules are crucial. When they became less favourable to diesel a few years ago, diesel share of the UK new car market collapsed. Now a new scheme based on CO2 emissions has caused it to surge again. But don't expect it to get to French levels. Alas, the same applies to alcohol duties.
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