France announces pollution classification system for cars image

According to France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the country’s government has decided to introduce a system designed to easily identify the most polluting vehicles.

Alongside the measure – which could make spotting the worst eco-friendly cars a walk in the park – the officials also plan a more drastic strategy: they want to gradually stop delivering diesel fuel to private passenger cars. Valls announced during a speech held Friday that in 2015 the government is aiming to introduce a car identification system designed to rank vehicles by the level of pollution. That would easily translate into local municipalities identifying them and limiting the access of the worst polluting models.

“In France, we have long favored the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically,” Valls said.

Today, around 80% of the cars in France are diesel-powered and the prime minister said that from now on levies would try to guide new car buyers towards more ecological alternatives as the government is now using the 2015 state budget measures to decrease the current tax advantage diesel has over gas. Next year the so-called TICPE excise tax on diesel would be 2% higher, securing around 807 million euros for the state.

Via Reuters