Natural gas-powered vehicles to be exempt from excise duties

Ljubljana – The government has drafted legislative changes under which drivers of motor vehicles powered by natural gas will be exempt from paying excise duties until the end of 2025. The government says this pursues Slovenia’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in transport.

The Government Communication Office (UKOM) said after Wednesday’s government session that the changes aimed at encouraging the use of natural gas in transport. The proposed exemption would be in force for a transitional period until the end of 2025.

“This would result in competitive prices of natural gas for motor vehicles in Slovenia in comparison with the prices and rate of taxation in neighbouring countries,” UKOM added.

The government believes this would also facilitate demand in Slovenia and, consequently, preserve the points of sale of natural gas for motor vehicles, as well as help achieve the country’s commitments regarding the use of alternative fuel in transport.