Gothenburg congestion tax

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The Gothenburg congestion tax (Swedish: Trängselskatt i Göteborg), also referred to as the Gothenburg congestion charge, is a congestion pricing system implemented as a tax levied on most vehicles entering and exiting central Gothenburg, Sweden, including some main roads passing by the city. The congestion tax is introduced from January 1, 2013, with the Stockholm congestion tax as a model.

The primary purpose of the congestion tax is to reduce traffic congestion and improve the environmental situation in central Gothenburg, and to get financing for large road and rail construction projects in and around Gothenburg. The largest such project is Västlänken.

Affected area[edit]

The congestion tax area encompasses essentially the entire Gothenburg City Centre, and the E6 main road passing the city. The means that cars passing the city are also taxed. To avoid making cars, that pass the city, to go other routes also congested or unsuitable for such traffic, some more places are charged with tax.

This is in opposite to Stockholm where only entrance and exit to the central city are taxed, not passing the city on the main highway. In Stockholm there is no need to tax people driving creative detours.

There are unmanned electronic control points (in Swedish: betalstation, literally payment station) at all entrances to this area. The congestion tax is applied when passing stations in both directions.

Amount of tax to pay[edit]

Official Swedish "Road toll" sign

The amount of tax payable depends on what time of the day a motorist enters or exits the congestion tax area. There is no charge on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays or the day before public holidays, nor during nights (18:30 – 05:59), nor during the month of July.

Time of day Tax
00:00 – 05:59 0 SEK
06:00 – 06:29 8 SEK
06:30 – 06:59 13 SEK
07:00 – 07:59 18 SEK
08:00 – 08:29 13 SEK
08:30 – 14:59 8 SEK
15:00 – 15:29 13 SEK
15:30 – 16:59 18 SEK
17:00 – 17:59 13 SEK
18:00 – 18:29 8 SEK
18:30 – 23:59 0 SEK

The maximum amount of tax per vehicle per day is 60 SEK (7.00 Euro, 9.15 USD). 18 SEK is around 2.10 Euro or 2.75 USD.[1]

If a vehicle passes two stations within one hour, only the higher tax is paid, as a vehicle simply passing through the city must necessarily pass multiple payment stations.

Some vehicles are exempt from tax, notably foreign registered vehicles, and environmentally friendly vehicles (mainly electric or natural gas or ethanol fuelled).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The USD and EUR amounts are based on the 2012-12-21 rates of 6.55 SEK/USD and 8.60 SEK/EUR.

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