Car­bon tax to drive up car cost

Pilbara News - - News - Sharri Mark­son

A “car­bon tax” on cars that could push up the price of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cles by more than $5000 has been pro­posed by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Un­der the pro­posal out­lin­ing emis­sions penal­ties to be slapped on car dis­trib­u­tors who fail to meet new fuel ef­fi­ciency tar­gets, from 2022 new cars will be hit with a sur­charge of $100 for ev­ery gram of car­bon per km they emit over a tar­get fig­ure and fail to off­set.

Mod­el­ling by the Aus­tralian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion shows the changes would add $3925 to the price of a Toy­ota Ac­cent.

Car dis­trib­u­tors were shocked to re­ceive the pro­posed model from the Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment’s ve­hi­cle emis­sions team last week, de­scrib­ing it as more “ex­treme” than any mea­sures dis­cussed dur­ing 18 months of con­sul­ta­tion.

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