The implementation of tax on lorries from the first 1st October is to be postponed until January 2014 as a result in the implementation of the scheme.
Freight Forwarders were originally told this would be scheduled to take effect 1st July 2013. €0.12 per km has been levied at an average rate; commercial vehicles greater than 3.5 tonnes will attract this tax.
Freight Forwarders have been advised this applies to vehicles covering over 12,000km of French highways, excluding toll motorways, the aim being to encourage shippers to use modes of transport other than road; special badges tracked by satellites are installed into the vehicles.
The possibility of using other modes of transportation is interesting to Freight Forwarders – however there will be certain geographic areas where this will be expensive and not feasible to offer air and sea freight services.
Freight Forwarders last week were told that’s Frances’s leading road haulage association, mentioned that 1% of the 800,00 HGV’s (this includes 200,00 foreign vehicles), on which the tax would be levied, had been registered to the scheme.
100,00 – 120,00 HGVs have now been signed up for this.
The delay was due to the registration phase starting too late (it began on 22nd July) and to the holiday season during which the activities of firms specialising in electronic toll systems and also road haulage firms slow down.
Another factor was the high requirements the tax authorities were outing on firms registering for the scheme, which led to many applications being rejected.
Freight Forwarders have been told the 1st October date in no longer feasible and there is no way the tax can be introduced in 2013 – according to the FNTR – French Road Haulage Association.
No responsibility for the delays is being accepted by the FNTR members amid claims that some hauliers have been deliberately dragging their heels.