France Delays Eco Tax
PARIS – The government of France has headed protest across the country, and has decided to delay a new tax which would have raised the cost of transporting goods.
According to a report published on November 10th by the Le Monde newspaper, the government of France will delay until July next year the implementation of the controversial eco-tax on road usage by commercial transport vehicles.
The tax was originally scheduled to come into effect in January 2014, and would been charged at up to EUR 0.154 per kilometer driven by a commercial vehicles transporting goods weighing more than 3.5 tonnes.
The government of France intended for the tax to encourage transport businesses to use more environmentally friendly options and technology.
The upcoming deadline for the implementation of the tax has already sparked several protest, which have turned violent and required police intervention.
Further, some protesters have already damaged and destroyed several electronic tolls booths on national highways, and groups of truck drivers have blocked of major roadways.
It is claimed by some experts may have a significant negative effect on agricultural, as farmers will invariably need to transport their produce, but will not have access to any practical means other than trucks.
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