Allocating fuel tax revenues to mobility

L'affectation des taxes sur le carburant à la mobilité

The early 20th century was marked by a more widespread use of cars. The release of Ford’s T model, the first mass-produced model at an affordable price, “put America on wheels” and on a road network unsuited to the automotive revolution, which raised the issue of how its upgrading was to be financed.

Traditionally, US States used vehicle registration fees, firstly as a one-off payment and then as an annual tax; from 1919 and the introduction of a fuel tax, infrastructure construction became financed through an indirect tax collected on the fuel sales price.

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What scale of implementation?

  • National

Who pays?

  • Taxpayer

What secondary benefits for the community?

  • CO2 emissions mitigation

Other solutions to discover

Taxe sensible aux émissions

Putting a price on carbon to control emissions more effectively

The carbon tax and carbon emission quotas are economic measures aimed at making polluters pay in proportion to their emissions (the polluter pays principle) and ultimately to steer companies’ and citizens’ behaviours and decisions towards a reduction in polluting emissions.
Frais d'enregistrement véhicules électriques

Setting registration fees for electric vehicles

Vehicles must be registered to be entitled to move around freely. Registration involves vehicle owners paying a tax, after which a registration number and certificate are issued so that authorities can establish the link between a vehicle and its owner.
Voiture électrique en charge

Kilowatt-hour fee: taxing electricity consumption in mobility

As the proportion of electric vehicles in circulation increases, the tax shortfall will also grow, making the use of a charge on the use of electric vehicles inescapable. Several solutions can be considered. One such solution would be to tax vehicle electricity consumption by importing the current fuel tax model.

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