The greening of the van fleet is progressing slowly. That is why Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter (Groen) wants to make electric vans more tax-efficient.
De Sutter pleads for a temporary increase of the tax deductibility from 8 to 40 percent. In other words, a self-employed person or SME buying an environmentally friendly van would be allowed to deduct 40% of the purchase price from his/its taxable profit.
Hardly 3,6% of vans electric
Last year, the Vehicle Registration Service (Dienst voor de Inschrijving van Voertuigen, DIV) registered 44 000 new vans, of which 1 604 were electrically powered.
The number of new vans in Belgium has risen sharply over the last ten years, but only 3,6% are electric. Minister De Sutter, therefore, wants to encourage entrepreneurs to buy an e-van with an additional tax benefit.
Reduce cost reduction
In 2021, the government introduced a higher investment deduction for emission-free trucks; now, De Sutter proposes to extend that measure to delivery vans.
A second measure could be lowering the cost reduction for vans that produce polluting exhaust gases from 2028. A similar measure will be introduced in 2026 for commercial vehicles running on gasoline or diesel.
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