Since September last year, the new test method, which provides better insight into the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of cars, has already been mandatory for new cars in the European Union. Until now, the rates for the purchase tax have not been based solely on the WLTP method, as will be the case from 1 July 2020. 

In the current system, the BPM is calculated by translating the result of the new test method using the calculation model into the old test method NEDC. The purchase tax (BPM) on passenger cars and motorcycles will be calculated from next year using a new test method. That says state secretary Menno Snel (Tax Office).

The new method, called WLTP, will not increase the total BPM yield and the average purchase tax per car will remain approximately the same, says Snel.

Earlier this month, the car industry raised the alarm that this caused the purchase tax for new cars to rise sharply on average. The VVD then asked parliamentary questions about the matter. New research that the Ministry of Finance commissioned by the TNO research agency shows that this is not the case. 

The average BPM on cars sold was higher in the first half of this year because relatively more large and heavy cars were sold, which in many cases therefore also emit more CO2.

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