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Congestion Tax

In Sweden we use the system with congestion tax in Stockholm. In 2013 we also will use the system with congestion tax in Gothenburg.
Congestion tax is charged for Swedish-registered vehicles and the system started in August 2007.


Congestion tax in Gothenburg

In January 2013 Congestion tax will be charged for Swedish-registered vehicles that are driven into and out of central Gothenburg, Mondays to Fridays between 06.00 and 18.29. Gothenburg will use the same system as Stockholm

The tax will not be charged on Saturdays, weekends or public holidays, on a day preceding a public holiday or during the month of July. Some vehicles are exempt from congestion tax.

Vehicles are automatically registered at ‘control points’ during the periods when congestion tax is charged. Each passage into or out of central Gothenburg will cost SEK 8, 13 or 18, depending on the time of day. The maximum amount per day and vehicle will be SEK 60 monthly payments

The Swedish Transport Agency will send a payment slip to the owner of the vehicle at the end of each month. On this payment slip, the passages made during the preceding calendar month are aggregated in the form of a tax decision. You can only pay once the tax decision has been taken.
Tax must be paid into the Swedish Transport Agency’s congestion tax account no later than on the last day of the month following the notification month. It is not possible to pay anything at a control point. The owner of the vehicle is responsible for paying the tax, even if they have not received a payment slip. If the tax is not paid on time, a surcharge of SEK 500 will be imposed.

Month 1
The vehicle’s passages during Month 1 are registered.

Month 2
The tax decision for Month 1 is determined and a payment slip is issued at the end of Month 2.

Month 3
The payment for Month 1 should be registered with the Swedish Transport Agency on the last day of Month 3.

06.00 – 06.29 am          SEK   8.-
06.30 – 06.59 am          SEK  13.-
07.00 – 07.59 am          SEK  18.-
08.00 – 08.29 am          SEK  13.-
08.30 am – 02.59 pm    SEK    8.-
03.00 – 03.29 pm          SEK  13.-
03.30 – 04.59 pm          SEK  18.-
05.00 – 05.59 pm          SEK  13.-
06.00 – 06.29 pm          SEK    8.-
06.30 pm – 05.59 am     SEK   0.-

To read more pls visit: The Congestion Tax Act (2004:629) regulates this tax. (In Swedish only.)

Some vehicles are exempt from congestion tax


The following vehicles are automatically exempt from congestion tax:

•emergency vehicles
•buses having a total weight of at least 14 tonnes
•diplomat-registered vehicles
•foreign-registered vehicles
•military vehicles
•vehicles that according to details contained in the Swedish Road Traffic Registry of the Swedish Transport Agency are equipped with technology for being run:*

a) completely or partly on electricity or a gas other than liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or

b) on a fuel blend that predominantly comprises alcohol.

*This exemption applies up to and including July 2012 for vehicles that were entered in the Swedish Road Traffic
Registry prior to 1 January 2009. Vehicles entered after this date are not exempt from congestion tax.

Information in the Swedish Road Traffic Registry about fuels A release from congestion tax applies in relation to the following fuels currently entered in the Swedish Road Traffic Registry (the exemption applies up to and including July 2012 for vehicles registered prior to 1 January 2009):

•bio gas




•producer gas



•natural gas


If any of the above-mentioned fuels are recorded on the vehicle’s registration certificate prior to 1 January 2009 (under the headings ‘Fuels’ or ‘Alternative Fuels’), the vehicle is automatically exempt from congestion tax and the owner of the vehicle does not have to do anything. Use our service Search for information about vehicles (in Swedish only) to see which fuel(s) are registered for a particular vehicle.

Application for release for those who have a Disability Parking Permit

If you have a Disability Parking Permit, you will be able to apply to the Swedish Tax Agency to exempt a vehicle from the tax obligation. (The Swedish Tax Agency may exempt two vehicles from the tax obligation if there are exceptional grounds.)

Please note that exemptions from tax obligations apply for as long as the parking permit is valid.


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