BC recalculates carbon tax on diesel

VICTORIA — The government of B.C. has slightly revised the amount of carbon tax it plans to siphon from road users. There are reductions for liquid fuels like diesel and gas — but not by much.

The new rate for diesel fuel, originally to be taxed at 2.76 cents per litre as of July 1, 2008 and rising to 8.28 cents per litre by July 1, 2012, is now 2.69 cents per litre rising to 8.07 cents per litre in 2012.

The complete list of the final carbon tax rates can be found here.

Earlier this year BC became the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce a carbon tax directed at consumers. It will apply to pretty much all fossil fuels, including gasoline, natural gas, coal, propane, home heating fuel, and of course — diesel.

The $1.85-billion carbon tax plan is supposed to be revenue neutral for taxpayers overall, but trucking is at a disadvantage, complains the B.C. Trucking Association.

While the average citizen can choose to drive less by taking public transit or carpooling, trucks have no choice but to travel the miles they do, notes the association.


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