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12 March 2020, 17:50

Presidential decree signed to encourage Belarusians to buy electric cars

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MINSK, 12 March (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed a decree on encouraging the use of electric vehicles, the press service of the head of state told BelTA.

The decree stipulates measures to fuel demand for electric vehicles and encourage the creation of the necessary vehicle charging infrastructure and aftersales service infrastructure in the country.

In particular, owners of electric vehicles will not have to pay the public roads usage tax. Natural persons will be exempt from paying VAT for importing electric vehicles for personal use to Belarus. They will be able to get up to 500 base amounts of the VAT they paid to buy the vehicle rebated. Apart from that, owners of electric vehicles will be exempt from paying fees for parking their vehicles in specially equipped places in public parking lots till 1 January 2026.

Manufacturers of electric vehicles and charging stations and companies that operate them have been granted the right to use increased investment tax deductions in line with the Tax Code. Charging stations will be exempt from VAT if they are to be used in Belarus.

The industrial group Belorusneft will be able to get land plots without an auction for building and operating charging stations. The cost of building the charging stations can be transferred without compensation to the legal person that runs these facilities and can be included by the customer (the developer) into non-sale expenses. Land plots for deploying charging stations will be allocated without losing their common land status if authorized by the land user.

The previous presidential decree on encouraging the use of electric vehicles of 10 July 2018 has been invalidated.

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