New Tax On Large Displacement Engine

Earlier this week, Quebec’s government surprised us by lowering the price of renewing our driver’s license: starting next year, we will pay around $65 less for the privilege of driving on our well-maintained roads.

However, before running to the nearest shop to spend those saved dollars, you would be well-advised to read this: if you own a car, you will pay more, once again.

The Couillard administration just announced new measures that will be applied in an effort to balance the budget for 2015-2016. Everybody will be impacted, but car owners will take the brunt of the assault: not only will we pay another 2 cents per litre of fuel in added taxes, we will also face a $20 increase in insurance rates, since the government decided to stop offering reduced tax rates for insurance. This will net them a $133,000,000 profit.

Another tax will also be added to vehicles with big engines: if you own a car (or a truck) with a displacement of more than four litres, expect to pay more: for example, a 5.0-litre mill will now cost you $155 (an increase of $14 versus last year) more to register than a 3.9-litre powerplant.

And finally, our dear government also tries to dissuade us of buying a larger engine: starting in January 2015, all vehicles with a mill displacing between 4.0 and 4.9 litres will have to pay a 50-dollars charge. If you buy a car ranging from 5.0 to 5.9 litres, that tax jumps up to $100. And if you have the nerves to need a 6.0-litre or larger engine (To tow? Shame on you!), the government will punish you with a $200 fine. These fees will be collected once, when you buy the vehicle, not annually.

Is there a solution? Yes. Get a turbocharged engine if you need to tow or transport heavy loads. They don’t drink less fuel and they pollute just as much, but if the number under Displacement on your spec sheet is small enough, Couillard will be happy.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

NewsLess Than A Dollar For A Litre Of Fuel?
In the last few weeks, fuel prices have dropped significantly. In Quebec, it is currently around $1.21 per litre, but some fuel stations in the West will sell you the same amount for around 97 cents! According to analyst Dan McTeague, fuel prices could go even lower. Yes, you read …
NewsNew Taxes On Our Car Insurance
Upon hearing the Quebec government's new economic measures, we were horrified, surprised and angered to hear that car drivers would pay more, again: there will be more taxes for engines over 4 litres, a 2-cent augmentation of the fuel tax and a one-time fee for vehicles with large powerplants. Another …
NewsAudi Now Makes Its Own Diesel
It seems that Audi is working on cleaning up the rap sheet of the most polluting car fuel. After building a research center for e-diesel (a renewable resource created artificially) last November, the Ingolstadt firm has announced that the very first batch of their green diesel (though it’s not green …
Technology/Autonomous VehiclesAudi Unveils Its Most Recent Engine
At Vienna’s Motor Symposium, Audi unveiled the latest version of their 2-litre four-cylinder powerplant. The engine isn’t revolutionary, but it’s nonetheless important to learn about it, since it will eventually be found in a lot of cars produced by the Volkswagen empire. This new engine is surprisingly similar to the …
NewsE-Benzin: Audi Synthesizes Its Own Fuel
A short time after synthesizing a diesel equivalent that doesn't use any fossil fuel, Audi has had another breakthrough. The procedure requires some fine-tuning, but the manufacturer hopes that it will soon be able to produce this gasoline substitute using nothing but water, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and the sun’s rays.
NewsOPEC Wants To Raise Oil Prices
As OPEC member nations plan to meet in order to decide production levels for the next six months, many countries are expressing concern that the low price of oil is hurting their budgets. They want to see the price of the barrel of oil go back up to something “reasonable” …