Sweden - Charging per Driven Kilometer

Date: 06, November 2014
Charging for the driven kilometers is now being discussed in Sweden as a policy of the new government.

Charging for the driven kilometers is now being discussed in Sweden as a policy of the new government. So far in Sweden there has only been the Eurovignette system. But now the government wants to introduce charging for driven kilometer, for all commercial vehicles not only Swedish.

The Swedish association of road transport companies is not pleased with this news, The association believe it will just make transports more expensive particularly because there is no alternative to road transport for most operations.

The Government on the other hand hopes the new road charge will bring more transport over to railroad is therefore an investment in the environment. The haulage organization emphasizes that there are very few railways that go directly from point A to B, which means there will always be need for a truck. In Sweden today 8 out of 10 transports by truck are less than 30 kilometers long and there will still be a need of a truck even when the railways exist. The association also says that there has been a reduction of emissions in the last 15 years from the road freight transport industry- having a positive impact on the environment. The association is therefore not convinced the new measure will help the reduction of emissions. A major concern is also that there will be no charging for private and light vehicles, which account for 80 percent of the transports in Sweden.

You can read more in this article from Swedish newspaper DN http://www.dn.se/debatt/vi-vill-att-aven-utlandska-akare-skattar-for-vagslitage/ The Swedish Association replied with this comment: http://www.dn.se/debatt/repliker/markligt-att-bara-beskatta-nyttotrafiken/