In a previous article, some time ago, I had mentioned that one of the advantages of spending some extra pesos to buy the Honda Civic Hybrid, was the fact that the tenencia (a special ‘temporary’ tax invented to raise funds for the 1967 Olympics in Mexico City that was never eliminated) was just a fraction of what owners of regular, gas-powered cars pay. This was a stimulus to encourage people to buy these vehicles.
Alas, this is no more. Ever since Felipe Calderon ‘eliminated’ the hated federal tenencia tax – eliminated in quotation marks because all he did was eliminate the federal part and pass it on to the states to administrate as they see fit – each state government has dealt with it in their own way.
In the state of Yucatan, according to a Honda salesman I talked to just yesterday, the tenencia tax has actually been expanded to include all those luxury pickups (Lincoln, Hummer, Harley Davidson Ford) which is probably justifiable if you want to justify this stupid tax; however, it has also included the Hybrid vehicles so we, in the state of Yucatan, no longer have that stimulus. You CAN, however, buy the car in next-door Quintana Roo and NOT pay the tenencia tax as their state government did not modify the tenencia.
Seems like we could do a whole lot better in promoting healthier, greener options for transportation instead of lagging light years behind the rest of the civilized world and acting as if there was no pollution problem here in sunny Mexico.
I refer you to my previous article on ‘green’ policies that I would like to see implemented here.