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Cleaner vehicle purchase incentives (Decree Law No. 5 of 2009)

legislation type Legislative
Decree Law
Passed in 2009
In February 2009, as part of measures aimed at supporting industrial sectors in crisis, the Council of Ministers launched a temporary incentive scheme for consumers to replace their old vehicles with new ones meeting certain environmental criteria.

Energy - demand-side policies: the scheme applies to cars, light commercial vehicles, as well as motorcycles and scooters. The incentives are provided in the form of a discount obtained by consumers directly from the dealers, who in turn receive this as a tax credit.

A bonus of EUR1,500 (USD1,882) is provided when a car more than nine years old and meeting Euro 0, 1 or 2 standards is exchanged for a new vehicle meeting Euro 4 or 5 standards and that emits a maximum of 130g CO2/km for diesel cars or 140g CO2/km for others. The exchanged vehicle must have been registered by December 1999.

This can be combined with a purchase incentive of EUR 1,500 should the new vehicle run on electricity, hydrogen or methane. Similar bonuses are provided for lightweight commercial vehicles, motorcycles and scooters.


from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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