Bil Sweden, the association that represents manufacturers and importers in the automotive industry, has accused the government of betrayal after it announced plans to hike fuel taxes, even though both PM Stefan Löfven and Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson promised not to raise taxes in the run up to the election last year.
Bil Sweden MD Bertil Moldén says a survey carried out by Statistics Sweden on behalf of the Swedish Taxpayers’ Association (Skattebetalarna) shows that close to one million households will each pay an additional SKr 5,500 in fuel taxes over the next three years. The hikes will hurt rural residents and companies in particular, who often have no alternative means of transport.
Moldén is also highly critical of the way in which the government is now trying to “sneak in” a further hike, by proposing indexation of fuel taxes from 2017. He warns that this would lead to a 50% hike over a decade.