The Dutch Take Aim at Driving
The Dutch are well known for their everyday use of the bicycle, but now the government is trying to take that to a law abiding level. A new Dutch driving tax has just been proposed – one designed to seriously get people out of their cars. The plan would actually tax miles driven and would replace the existing Dutch road taxes and duties on new car purchases.
The plan proposes an average tax of $.07 per mile, with fees higher during rush hour and for commercial vehicles. It would use GPS systems installed in each car to track mileage and automatically bill drivers. The goal, the Dutch government says, is to cut traffic by 15% and reduce transport emissions by 10%.
Do you think this is a fair way to cut down on emissions?
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