The car pollution tax was tripled on Monday, after the last Governmental ordinance on the issue was published in Monitorul Oficial (The Official Gazette). Starting on Tuesday, all those who need to pay their car tax will do it complying with the new rules.

According to the ordinance, cars with engines below 2,000 cubic centimeters registered for the first time in Romania or any other EU states don’t have to pay the tax until December 31, 2009. The car tax does not apply, starting on Tuesday, to hybrid and electrical cars, nor to Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard compliant vehicles.