Moderates consider eco-car tax exemption

A working committee within the Moderate party is considering the cost of a system to replace the eco-car subsidy that will expire in the spring. The committee is also looking at broader measures to reduce carbon emissions.

According to Sydsvenska Dagbladet the committee is considering a proposal to exempt new eco-cars from motor-vehicle (road) tax for a period of four years.

“The exemption of new eco-cars from road taxes for a period of four years would send a clear signal to car-buyers that they have made a good environmental choice,” said Lars Lindblad, the Moderate party’s spokesperson for environmental policy.

Lindblad considers the current system, where a one-off premium is paid out to buyers of new eco-cars, to be less effective as the subsidy is often paid out long after the car is purchased.

The finance minister Anders Borg is heading the working committee which will consider the new idea. The committee will also calculate the cost of cutting road taxes for diesel cars equipped with particle filters and raise taxes for those diesel cars without.

Civil aviation is a further sector that the committee will examine with the aim of developing measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Lars Lindblad would like to see the government put pressure on other EU member countries so that aviation fuel is mixed with biofuels, flight paths across the continent are straightened out and that aircraft are encouraged to save fuel by gliding into land.

All of the issues and measures under consideration will be the subject of more detailed discussion at the Moderate party’s so-called future convention in Sollentuna at the end of November.