He said that the cash flow for the purchase of trains was planned to be financed from the tax on old cars, so with 95% probability it can be said that there will be no new regional trains until at least 2027, the minister’s record said.
LETA has already reported that the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday, considering the amendments to the Law on Vehicle Operation Tax and Company Car Tax, abandoned the criticized idea of introducing a car registration tax.
Previously, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) had developed amendments to the relevant law, envisaging the introduction of a car registration tax from 1 January 2021 with the aim of preventing the registration of old and environmentally unfriendly cars in Latvia.
At the meeting, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (JV) added that the MoU, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, should develop a proposal on how to limit the inflow of old cars into Latvia, additionally providing for compensatory mechanisms .
Kariņš previously asked to review the proposal put forward by the MoU. “There must be an incentive mechanism with long-term benefits for the environment and society. The current offer does not provide this,” the politician told the microblogging site Twitter.
The New Conservative Party also said that it did not support the amendments to the law led by the party member Linkaita himself.