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Bonus-Malus Feebate Programme for Vehicles
in France

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The French Bonus-Malus Feebate Programme for Vehicles was introduced under the Grenelle de l’Environnement law in December 2007.

One of the main objectives of the law is to prepare the French automotive market and its consumers for tighter emission performance standards in vehicles.

The programme consists of a financial reward (bonus) for purchasers of environmentally friendly new cars and a financial penalty (malus) for those buying cars emitting high levels of CO2. This is known as the "bonus/malus" scheme. The aim is to make the scheme revenue-neutral to the public budget.

The payments and the penalties are based on a sliding scale. The less (or more) carbon dioxide emitted, the greater the payment or penalty, respectively.

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