Environment Minister Rovana Plumb told The Money Channel that the first car matriculation tax could again be charged from this autumn onward, yet of a lower quantum and depending on emission type. “The first matriculation tax has not been collected since early this year. Obviously, my stand is for this tax level to be reduced,” Plumb, said, adding that the tax is necessary, with the proceeds going into green investment projects. According to the environment minister, “no discrimination whatsoever will be made between the new and second-hand cars, with the emission level being the only factor taken into account”. Rovana Plumb would not say what the tax quantum would be on grounds of “some scenarios being built over the budgetary impact the tax might have and will be effectively correlated with the population incomes and the number of cars coming into the country within a year. No discrimination would be made anymore, the emission type will be the only element taken into account,” Plumb reiterated.