The Dutch trading scheme for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission allowances is to be abolished. This was communicated by the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment in a letter to the lower house of Parliament dated 12 March 2012. A bill for this purpose will be submitted to the lower house later in the year. The trading scheme for NOx emission allowances, which was established in 2005, has never functioned satisfactorily and its abolition will lead to savings of EUR 7 million in administrative costs. The aim is for trading to cease in 2014.