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FRANCE. Protestors held a demonstration on the A20 at Chateauroux this afternoon. Up to 400 ‘Bonnets Rouges’ blocked the road between J12-15 for two hours this afternoon. As at 16:00 GMT there were delays of up to 1h20 in each direction though local press reports say the road should reopen ‘soon’.
Update 18:00: there are still protestors on the road but the delays are down to under 20mins in each direction. Update 19:30: still going, but just a few minutes delay.
ROMANIA TRUCK STRIKE.
The government has tried to reassure protestors that the increase in duty will be offset by a fall in world oil prices.
Fuel duty is set to rise by 8% in April to pay for the new road building programme.
Truckers also say promises to reform transport law have not been implemented.
update 10.12.13: the rise in diesel duty will be postponed for three months according to local reports but will still go ahead for petrol. It’s not clear yet if this is enough to make the president and the hauliers happy.
NORWAY. Far from being in imminent danger of being slashed, the amazing array of incentives for electric cars is about to be increased. In addition to no import or purchases taxes or VAT, no road tolls, use of bus lanes, free parking, ferries and charging, next year VAT for EV leasing and buying of batteries will be zero rated too. These benefits will also be extended to upcoming hydrogen fuel cell cars. The Norwegian EV car parc is on course to jump from 9,600 at end 2012 to 19,000 this year.