Rent a car in Palma. But how much road tax is the city getting from these vehicles?

10-07-2013Jaume Morey

The Balearic federation of local authorities (FELIB) has agreed to meet representatives of the car-rental sector and regional government in September with a view to seeking an end to the practice of vehicles being registered for tax in other regions of Spain where road tax is cheaper.

The federation's president, Vicent Marí, considers it unfair that cars use resources on the islands but that taxes are paid to a municipality on the mainland. He has pointed the finger at large agencies in particular, with the loss of tax revenue to Majorca being around three million euros. Palma is a municipality which is affected significantly by this, given that the large agencies have fleets of cars at the airport. An average car in Palma is liable to 68 euros when, for instance, the Madrid municipality of Torremocha de Jarama charges half this amount.

Marí says that the problem is widespread across the islands and that were the practice to be stopped, this would improve town hall finances.

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Big Question / Hace over 6 years

My question is what do they do with this money from the road tax? It isn´t invested in the state of the roads, that is for sure. Who will pay car owners for the continual wear of the tyres due to poor road Surface? The worst ones are the motorways, especially the ones to the airport & Calvia area

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Andrew Rawson / Hace over 6 years

So Mallorca charges over the odds and then complains companies go elsewhere to register their cars... You could say the same argument applies to tourists. Mallorca will never learn.

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