You have to feel sorry for some people.
A few days ago I posted on a Facebook group that the malus tax, a Co2 emissions related tax assessed on cars at first registration in France, had been extended to include 5 seater pick-up trucks.
This has been on the cards for about a year & was delayed for 6 months due to the gilets jaunes, I believe.
One of the group’s members got in touch to ask if it applied to them with their 3 litre 3 year old truck that they had been meaning to register for the past few months.
Unfortunately, as there are no ski resorts in the Charente Maritime, it does. Just a note here - pick-ups used exclusively for use on ski runs & resorts are exempt.
As a result of the delay the amount of the registration tax increased from just over 500 euros to almost 5300 euros.
The warnings were given & ironically if they had followed the regulations - notifying the tax office within 15 days if the vehicle’s arrival & applying for french registration within 30 days - they would have saved enough to buy a very decent second car!
As it is they are seriously thinking of taking it back to the UK & selling it there. I hope that they were equally remiss in sending off the V5c export notification…