Macron 2: between the car and the car

EAmong the VAT on fuels at 5.5% and the most conventional at 20%, voters have chosen. Only in this line of the program should Emmanuel Macron have suffered an overwhelming defeat against his opponent Marine Le Pen, who promised the moon. That was not the case. It may be because drivers, educated in the behavior of different governments for decades, are not as naive as this.

They have well preserved the omnipotence of the state in this matter where no gift should be expected. Except, under pressure from public opinion, a one-time discount of 18 cents on a liter of fuel. Or bonuses for buying an electric car, the need for which is not so urgent for many households, who cannot afford the “pending charge”.

Year after year, more than 40 billion euros in tax revenue increase state coffers. Thanks car. But this manna threatens to dry up with the current drop in sales for the economic reasons we know and the prospect of abandonment due to the inevitable increase in sales of electric cars, at this stage not providing tax revenue. It is not necessary to be a fortune teller to understand that the bonuses with which they are spread one day cease and that, in order to recover the 40 billion in tax revenue, sooner or later it will be necessary to tax electricity.

Emmanuel Majax

Then Emmanuel Macron will have to play Gérard Majax to calm the vigilance of French consumers, especially on the subject. The reduction of ecological bonuses, already postponed from 1er January at 1er July 2022, has many chances to play the extension in the environmental climate. But for how long, when a help picket has already stopped.

A novelty, however, designed for the forgotten of the province and with reduced budgets, Macron 2 should introduce a program for these less privileged homes of “renting electric and hybrid vehicles for less than 100 euros per month.” A pure product from above that will baffle France from below and whose conditions of application will be checked when it is actually launched. You also need to know who will pay the difference, because the advertised monthly payment is based on the campaign promise, not the actual cost price of this type of technology.

But the environmental commitment requires from the Marseille speech and the promised appointment of a prime minister dedicated to this file, Emmanuel Macron will do whatever it takes to discourage conservative motorists, staunch supporters of fossil fuels. . The proliferation of “low-emission zones” (ZFE) during this new five-year period will reveal millions of French people who can no longer access major city centers with their current cars. All agglomerations of more than 150,000 inhabitants will be affected by 2025, ie tomorrow. And cars owned by the French and obsolete by this measure will no longer be worth anything on the market.

The new thermal cars also go through the vice of the malus activation threshold. In 2023 it will drop from 128 g to 123 g of CO2, which will affect the entire grid by worsening rapidly dissuasive sanctions. And last but not least, the weight penalty that went into effect on January 1, 2022 and is relatively painless, as it is set very high, will soon lower the weight scale.

Hate in the car

In other words, under a questionable approach, having a big car will be clearly oriented and heavily taxed. The only vehicles that will be saved, the electric anvils weighted by their batteries will remain immune to any harm. Better yet, to help you buy them, you could even offer a zero-rate loan next year to less privileged households.

In the name of ecology, we can expect a strategy that will lead to a fully electric forced march when we know that it is the smooth transition that needs to be made. A method that could also have been applied to the benefit of the 80 km / h roads, a brutal and calamitous measure by Edouard Philippe in his hatred of the “car” and which Emmanuel Macron never denounced.

Since 2018 and the introduction of this measure, later returned to the experimental stage, its usefulness has never been proven. A bit of ballast was released allowing the departments, under the auspices of road safety, to release the reins, 42 departments having decided to return, by their network and sometimes even the whole, to 90 km / h . They now refer to no more and no less than 38,000 kilometers of French roads, but the 80 km / h is not yet reported by an executive who is reluctant to admit his mistakes.

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