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Romania: new fuel tax to pay for new roads.
Good news for West European hauliers.
With some of the lowest fuel prices in Europe, there is perhaps some leeway for the govt to raise fuel duty to pay for badly needed new roads.
According to www.fuel-prices-Europe.info, a litre of unleaded 95 in Romania currently costs €1.240. A litre of diesel is €1.298.
In a TV interview on Tuesday, prime minister Victor Ponta said, ‘This is an old idea, to introduce a tax on fuel that will only feed the funds we need for road building. It will not come into the state budget.’
With EU roads funds limited to €2.5bn for the period 2014-20, and even a core network of fast roads still to be built, new funds are desperately needed. An extra excise duty of 10c per litre was floated previously.
At the same time, there are plans to raise the price of the road vignette, possibly by 66%. It currently costs €3 per week.
Increasing transport costs in Romania will be seen as good news by Western European hauliers who have long complained about cheap fuel helping to undercut their business.
First look Macan.
roundup: SCOTLAND. The first serious call we’ve seen for road tolls north of the border – from think tank Reform Scotland – comes at the same time as another reminder that if the Scots do vote for independence and have to rejoin the EU on the same terms as every other country – i.e. including the borderless Schengen Zone – then there’ll be a physical border to cross. RUSSIA. Moscow traffic has been cut by 25% since the introduction of parking charges four months ago says the deputy mayor, admitting though there’s a long way to go before the city’s chronic congestion problem is solved. They need another half a million cars off the roads. It costs 50 RUB (£1) per hour to park within the central Boulevard Ring. FINLAND. Neither Heiki Kovalainen nor Valtteri Bottas look entirely comfortable in this strange video inviting Usain Bolt to take driving lessons in Finland this winter. Bolt told a Finnish TV interviewer after the World Championships in Moscow earlier this year he would appreciate some more lessons..