PARIS -- The French government is planning a series of new incentives and taxes to phase out polluting vehicles, the environment minister said.
Environment and Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot told French daily Liberation the 2018 government budget presented next week would include a series of measures to limit climate change, reduce pollution and help low-income families.
Hulot said he would propose that a 500- to 1,000-euro incentive to switch to a less polluting vehicle, so far only available to low-income families, should be available starting 2018 to all citizens who own cars with gasoline engines registered before 1997 and cars with diesel engines registered before 2001.
The sum will not only be for buying new cars but also relatively new second-hand vehicles with low carbon dioxide emissions.
Hulot also said that for low-income households the incentive would be doubled to 2,000 euros. He added that for a low-income family buying a small second-hand car, the incentive could add up to more than half of the vehicle's value.
Some 3 million old cars are eligible for the incentives and the ministry hopes about 100,000 of these will be replaced next year.
All car owners who switch to an electric vehicle will receive a 2,500-euro switching incentive on top of a 6,000-euro subsidy if the measure is approved.