According to figures released this week by Statistics Netherlands, the Dutch government expects to receive 5.5 billion euros in revenues from motor vehicle tax in 2015. This tax, also known as road tax, consists of two parts. The largest part, nearly 4 billion euros, will go to central government. Just over 1.5 billion euros will be paid to provincial government.
Road tax revenues for central and provincial government, 2006-2015
Road tax Revenues rise by 69 million euros
Revenues from road tax will rise by 69 million euros in 2015. Around one third of this amount will go to provincial government. The provincial component will rise by relatively more than the central government component, but there are large differences between the provinces.
Revenues from road tax depend on the tax rate and the number of vehicles liable to the tax. Some vehicles are exempt from road tax; this is currently the case for electric cars and cars older than 40 years.
Central government and the provinces set their road tax rates independently. The rate for the central government component will rise by 0.9 percent in 2015. Six provinces will not increase their surtax charges. Friesland will raise it by most: 4 percent. Friesland is to raise it by an extra amount for the realisation of a motorway between the towns of Dokkum and Nijega.
Provincial and central government are free to decide how to spend road tax revenues. They are not required to spend the money on roads.
Rise in road tax rates, from 2014 to 2015