Tax Examples: Transportation and Fuel Taxes in Europe

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Most European nations impose taxes on the sale of carbon-based fuel, with some nations taxing fuel heavily.  The Netherlands employ one of the highest fuel taxes in the world, with taxes accounting for roughly 68% of the total price of petrol in 2007.  Fuel tax rates are particularly contentious in the United Kingdom, where a series of rate changes caused fuel prices in the U.K. to fluctuate from the third cheapest in Europe in 1993 to the most expensive in 2000.