all that awaits motorists on January 1, 2022

January 1, 2022 will be the opportunity for the government to put in place the many measures against motorists, announced during this year. Heavy and polluting vehicles will be taxed a lot, while an ecological bonus may apply for good students. We have summarized everything you need to know to prepare well for the coming months.

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Throughout 2021, the government presented the various measures that will apply to motorists in January 1, 2022. It is now a habit: it is generally this date that the authorities choose to review, often upwards, the terms of its penalties concerning ecology and road safety. As you might expect, 2022 is no different.

What’s more, the next year promises to be busy for drivers. A certain number of penalties are foreseen, while the rare exceptions will have to be retained to avoid paying excess taxes. Without counting on the technological innovations which will land in all the new cars from the next months. So find in this article everything you need to remember about the new measures of January 1, 2022.

The new weight penalty comes into effect

A month ago, the government finally published the terms of the weight penalty, announced several months ago. From January 1, 2022, motorists purchasing a new vehicle from more than 1800 kilos will have to pay a tax 10 € per additional kilo. Note that the latter can be combined with the new scale of the ecological penalty. If the vehicle in question meets the conditions for taxation, the driver may pay a surplus that can increase up to 40 000 €.

Currently, there are only two ways to escape this penalty. First, large families will be exempt at the rate of 200 kilos per child, but will have to pay the rest of the overweight if applicable. Another solution: opt for an electric vehicle. If the latter are not, whatever happens, not affected by this tax, things get complicated for hybrid vehicles. Only rechargeable batteries do not meet the criteria. Simple hybrid vehicles will have to pay for it.

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The ecological penalty is more severe, but the ecological bonus lasts longer

As every year, the ecological penalty will apply to a greater number of vehicles. The government will in fact lower the trigger threshold to 128 g/km. For now, this threshold is set at 133 g / km. The bill will also be higher for very poor students. While the ceiling was set at € 30,000 in 2021, it will rise to € 40,000 in 2022. Note that this tax cannot exceed half of the purchase price of the vehicle in question. Again, plug-in hybrids will be exempt if their range reaches at least 50 kilometers.

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At the same time, the ecological bonus will be entitled to a well-deserved extension. Thus, the current scale will be valid until July 1, 2022. After this date, return to the cold shower: all the bonuses will be amputees of 1000 €. An exception is still to be found on the side of plug-in hybrid vehicles, which will no longer be eligible for the measure from July.

ZFEs multiply, the super speed limiter arrives

The ZFE system will extend across the whole of France. Still reserved for the Parisian agglomeration and the metropolitan areas of Lyon and Grenoble, these zones will be compulsory in around ten cities in 2023. Until then, Strasbourg will opt for an EPZ authorizing Crit’Air 5 vehicles as well as unclassified for one year. This will no longer be the case for Lyon, which will therefore ban vehicles that do not have superior stickers. Finally, in Paris, all Crit’Air 3 motorists will no longer be able to go beyond the A86.

Latest novelty, the “super speed limiter” will be mandatory on all new vehicles from July 1, 2022. Voted by the European Union, this device will allow the car to slow down automatically when the driver exceeds the limits in force. A year which promises to be more severe than ever. Faced with these new drastic measures, motorists are still impatiently awaiting the introduction of the premium for the purchase of a used electric car.

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