For years, the term environmentally harmful subsidies, which has long been on the agenda of the environmental movement, has been a shimmer in political decision-making.
It is no wonder, because environmentally harmful subsidies are subsidies that lead to an increase in the utilization of natural resources and the burden on the environment.
According to the second definition, aid is to be classified as harmful to the environment if it causes more damage to the environment than it would be in the absence of the aid.
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The latest draft budget of the Government of Sanna Marin (sd), currently under discussion, shows that the list of environmentally harmful subsidies has recently been supplemented.
In practice, this means that “all tax structures that can be considered contrary to carbon neutrality objectives” are included in the list.
Of these, the classification of the vehicle tax exemption for museum vehicles as harmful to the environment for the first time is completely new.
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With regard to motoring and transport, the new list now includes, inter alia, a lower tax rate on light fuel used in work machines and electricity and natural gas used in transport, wood-based fuels and biogas, car tax refunds for the disabled, tax relief for taxis, rescue, medical car tax and car tax exemption for disabled and accessible taxis.
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Also included are the export tax rebate, the vehicle tax exemption for museum vehicles, ambulances and buses, and the vehicle tax exemption for wood and peat-based fuel vehicles, and the exemption from the basic vehicle tax for the disabled.
The proposal also specifically emphasizes that "reductions or exemptions in car taxation for certain vehicles mean that car tax emission control is not targeted at these vehicles."
What is a museum car?
A museum car is a car over 30 years old that has been inspected as a museum vehicle, and its condition must be original or equivalent.
The car can therefore be restored or original.
However, modifications that clearly improve road safety are allowed for cars.
For example, seat belts can be installed in a museum car or the electrical system of a luminaire can be changed to improve light output.
You can also change the tire type, but with the smallest possible tire size.
Museum vehicles are completely exempt from vehicle tax, in addition to which their compulsory motor insurance premium is very affordable.
There is also usually no need to remove museum cars from traffic during the winter, as the annual price of museum insurance is typically not affected by whether or not the vehicle is in traffic.
The inspection interval for museum vehicles is four years.