Awhen the members of parliament had voted in September against the advice of the government and a part of the socialist group amendment aligning by 2017 the tax benefits for diesel vehicles in the fleets of fleets of company vehicles, gasoline, Ségolène Royal comes back…
The government has finally decided to question one of the hunts kept the diesel. “The decision has been made, and that I announce today is that we are going to give the gasoline the same advantage enjoyed by the diesel,” said Thursday the minister of Energy, on France 2.
Now, companies can deduct 80% of the VAT applied on all fuels and not just on the diesel. This measure will be implemented gradually over two years. According to her, “we’re not going to remove a benefit to the diesel, to give him the time of the switch to clean transport, but there is no reason that gasoline has a disadvantage.”
During the vote for the amendment of deputies, Christian Eckert, the secretary of State for the Budget said he was opposed to the amendment because ” our automotive industry is more concentrated on diesel vehicles than on vehicles with petrol “. And to add that the government had already given a signal strong enough ” on the approximation of taxation of diesel/petrol, with an increase of one cent for diesel and a drop of a dime for gasoline. “Go faster and further would be destabilizing,” he said. At PSA Peugeot Citroën, close to 18 000 jobs over the 80,000 employees of the company work directly or indirectly on the diesel.
If it is true that currently, 96% of fleet cars are diesel, we are going to attend a real upheaval in the coming months ? If the engines of new generation diesel to pass the emissions test NOx (particulate matter), these engines offer a big advantage over gasoline with a lower power consumption of the order of 25% of fuel, which has the effect of reducing the costs for companies even if the costs of purchase and maintenance are higher than the petrol cars.
On average, a car is 30 000 km per year. A distance that makes the diesel financially much more advantageous than gasoline. In addition, virtually all light duty vehicles on the market are offered in diesel which de facto will reduce the impact of this measure.