VEHICLES which contribute most to the contamination of the atmosphere will pay more registration tax from January 1, due to the reform of the vehicle registration taxing system, popularly known as the green tax.
Vehicles which emit less than 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre into the atmostphere will be exempt from registration tax.
To quote an example, those people who buy a Fiat 500 on or after January 1 will save a total of 900 euros on what it would have cost them in registration tax if they had bought the car before that.
On the other hand, cars which emit between 121 and 160 grams of carbon dioxide will cease to pay the current seven percent tax and pay just 4.75 percent, and vehicles which emit between 161 and 200 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre will go from paying the current 12 percent registration tax to paying 9.75 percent.
Finally, vehicles which emit more than 200 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre will cease to pay the 12 percent current rate of registration tax and start paying 14.75 percent.
This will be the only case where the registration tax will increase.
However, the car concessionaires say they are not worried about the increase in the registration tax, as clients who can afford these high carbon dioxide emitting vehicles can also afford to pay for the increase in the registration tax.
The green tax, which comes into force on January 1 (Tuesday) has not caused significant alterations in the sales of cars on Majorca.
This is so both in the case of the vehicles which will pay more registration tax after January 1 and in the case of those which will pay less.