France to consider phasing out diesel tax breaksStaff writer ▼ | October 6, 2015
France is considering raising taxes on diesel over the next five years to end an advantage over gasoline and encourage drivers to choose cleaner cars, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said.
Ecology Environment Minister Segolene Royal:
Royal, who is also responsible for transport, has in recent weeks rejected calls to ban diesel or end its tax breaks, but on Sunday backed the idea of phasing out the fuel's tax advantage.
"We need to start preparing our move out of diesel right now," she told France 5 television. "We should phase out diesel's (tax) advantage over five years."
She said that the fuel tax levied on diesel was currently 0.15 euros per liter lower than on gasoline. ■