Government has postponed the environmental tax and the implementation of age limits on commercial vehicles

Government has postponed the environmental tax and the implementation of age limits on commercial vehicles

Autostat – Russian ministry of industry and commerce has decided to postpone the law drafts on environmental tax and age limits on the usage of commercial vehicles. The draft was planned to come into force as of 01.07.2015.

Deputy Minister Alexander Morozov has stated that the projects have been frozen until the stabilisation of the market and a consequent upward trend.

As one may remember, Morozov had announced plans to shift to environmental tax from vehicle tax, within the frame of the utilisation programme of Russian vehicle park, in Autumn 2014. The transformation proposed the assessment of the ecological class and the engine volume of the vehicle, rather than its horsepower, during the taxation process. In addition, a direct proportion between the age of the vehicle and the environmental tax was being aimed.

The ministry was also planning to limit the usage period of commercial vehicles.