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New charges and fees for motorists in the pipeline

By Peter Stevenson

Vehicles registered by the end of the year will not have to pay road tax based on their CO2 emissions, as part of new legislation, but their owners will be charged an additional fee depending on engine size.

According to a bill approved by cabinet, currently registered vehicles and those that come into circulation by the end of the year will not be charged according to their emissions.

Their owners however will have to foot an additional levy on top of their current road tax.

For engines over 2,500 cubic centimetres there will be an extra charge of €30 while owners of vehicles with engines exceeding 2,000 cc will be charged €20.

Anything below will cost an additional €10.

Pending parliamentary approval, the road tax charge for vehicles registered from the start of next year will depend on their Co2 emissions, head of the road transport department Soteris Kolettas said.

Road tax charges would be reviewed every three years.

Under the proposed new changes to legislation to meet European standards, cars that emit up to 120 grammes of Co2 per km would be charged 5 cents per gramme.

Cars that emit between 121 and 150 grammes would be charged 3 cents per gramme and cars emitting more than 150 grammes would be charged 8 cents per gramme.

The number of drivers since the start of the year who have not renewed their road tax reached 24,264 while the number who have yet to renew their road tax due in the second half of 2013 is 37,378.

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