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In 2012 drivers paid €2.4 billion in taxes compared to €1.2 billion in 2011.

Paolo Castiglia

BETWEEN 1990 AND 2010 the cost of fuel grew by 96.3% for Italians; in the same period, tort liability insurance increased by 149.1% and consumer prices grew by 72%. If we take into consideration additional road tax, additional vehicle registration tax and VAT, in 2012 drivers paid €2.4 billion in taxes compared to €1.2 billion in 2011.

For the next government, actions oriented towards re-launching the Italian economy should bear in mind that this segment employs 1,200,000 people, contributes 16.6% to inland revenue, which means 11.4% of GDP. 

It is unimaginable that a sector of such economic and social importance should not be part of a project for returning our country to the position it deserves among the major players in a United Europe. 

In January 2013, the Italian market for cars and trucks (commercial and industrial vehicles) showed a considerable downturn (-24.4%), whereas buses recorded the first signs of recovery (+22.2%). According to ACEA data, the total truck and bus segment had a 23.6% falloff. This downturn is even more disturbing if we consider the substantial collapse of the Italian market already in 2012 (-31.7%) with total registrations of 131,984 against 193,209 in 2011.

If we analyse the three sectors that make up the truck and bus segment (commercial vehicles, industrial vehicles and buses in official terminology), the worst result in January was for commercial vehicles with a 25.7% reduction, which followed a 32% downturn in 2012. The situation is also difficult for industrial vehicles, for which registrations fell by 14.2% in January after the 29.4% collapse in 2012.

As we saw, the situation is different for buses, which grew by 22.2% in January compared to a 30.4% falloff in 2012. “This first sign of a recovery in the bus segment” –  emphasized the Promotor Study Centre – “is difficult to interpret, but it is positive because it is the first sign of a countertrend in Italy’s vehicle registration panorama since the recession began”. 

According to Promotor analysts, the reason for the very difficult situation for goods transport vehicles is to be found in the adverse economic situation that characterizes our country which, as we know, was affected by a double-dip recession in the second half of 2011 after a moderate recovery that followed a drastic downturn in GDP between 2008 and 2009. “The continuing economic crisis and concerns for short- and mid-term  prospects” –  a press release said – “certainly do not encourage investment in goods transport”. 

In the meantime, it has become very much simpler to buy a car in Spain, Germany or France and drive it in Italy. The free circulation of goods is a reality also in the automotive sector. From now on, buying a car in any European Union country will be easy and fast.  In effect, with directive 2007/46/CE, which introduced the new “certificate of conformity”, the European Union has amended and simplified the procedures for buying a car abroad.

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