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Exempting Non-Road Users from Paying the Diesel

By Heggie, Ian G.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000233102
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Exempting Non-Road Users from Paying the Diesel  
Author: Heggie, Ian G.
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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When significant amounts of gasoline or diesel are used for non-road purposes and the fuel levy is perceived to be high, efforts must be made to ensure that non-transport users do not have to pay the fuel levy (these problems apply primarily to diesel). Failure to address this problem may generate strong public pressure to suspend the fuel levy. There are six main ways in which different countries attempt to ensure that non-road users do not have to pay the fuel levy destined for the road fund. They include: (i) replacing the diesel levy with weight-distance charges; (ii) offering exemptions; (iii) coloring un-taxed diesel; (iv) reimbursing non-road users who have already paid the diesel levy (i.e., rebate systems); (v) compensating non road users; and (vi) devising special ways of compensating farmers (usually the most difficult group to deal with). Method number 4 tends to be the easiest to implement in developing and transition economies. However, the best strategy is to: (i) only offer special arrangements when they are essential (i.e., when the levy is greater than $0.05/liter); (ii) keep the system as simple as possible (to keep costs down and discourage avoidance and evasion);and (iii) search for an acceptable solution which satisfies the most important non road users.


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