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On Friday, September 20, the Gasoline Uprising will gather for a mass demonstration in Stockholm. We are doing this to send a clear message to the Swedish government and parliament, it has become unreasonably expensive to refuel the car, now we have had enough. We will gather at Sergel's square and then go towards the Riksdag to submit our demands that the tax on fuel be reduced by 30%.

From the first Demonstration in May
From the first Demonstration in May

On Friday, September 20, the Gasoline Uprising will gather for a mass demonstration in Stockholm. We are doing this to send a clear message to the Swedish government and parliament, it has become unreasonably expensive to refuel the car, now we have had enough. We will gather at Sergel's square and then go towards the Riksdag to submit our demands that the tax on fuel be reduced by 30%.

The petrol uprising today gathers over 635,000 people, making the uprising the single largest uprising in Sweden. Admittedly, it will take three years for the next election, but we will not forget how politicians respond to our organization, our members and our demands.

In addition, the support for reduced fuel taxes is even greater than the 635,000 people who posted on our call on Facebook. In an opinion poll conducted by Novus last spring, more than every other (55%) Swedish believes that the petrol tax should be lowered. Of course, it is possible to argue about such a study and say that everyone always wants reduced taxes, but if you do, you have not understood that the petrol tax is a tax that is perceived as particularly unfair and that the high gasoline prices cause the gaps in Sweden to increase. 

For high-income earners in urban areas, high fuel prices may just be an annoyance. This is also why support for lower taxes is greater among those living outside the big cities and among those with lower incomes. In smaller cities, 62 per cent want to lower the tax, in the metropolitan regions the corresponding figure is 51 percent.

The fact that we have in a short time become Sweden's largest Facebook call is because the car is a prerequisite for the life puzzle to go together for the vast majority of people living in our elongated country. Our members testify in over four million Facebook posts and comments about their everyday lives, their lives and how they feel they have had enough. The taxation of fuel limits the possibilities of transporting themselves and their families to and from work, schools, kindergartens, trips to shop, make health visits or to access a content-rich leisure. And as if fuel over-taxation wasn't enough, the government is considering allowing the consequences of the new WLTP driving cycle to have a full impact right at the turn of the year. The proposal has been called a “tax bomb” and will entail a tax increase of several thousand SEK per year for the most popular car models.   

Recently, the government has shown a new interest in rural areas. It seems that a little professional guard has realized that there are voters, both inside and outside Mälardalen. It is welcome and if it also leads to concrete political decisions that really make it easier for people to live their lives without access to the subway and commuter trains, it is even better. A new sparsely populated policy that would really mean something to ordinary people must therefore start by lowering the tax on fuel. Real, effective, rural measures are not made by making grants to municipalities and regions, but by lowering the cost of those living there.

Car haters are doing their best to produce the Gasoline Uprising 2.0 and those included in our call as a climate denier. But of course that is not true. We also want Sweden to pursue a responsible climate policy based on facts and experience. A key part of this must be to facilitate the transition to electric cars / hybrids and that gasoline and diesel will be phased out and replaced with fuel based mainly on biomass. Of course, the fuel tax should be adjusted to the mix with renewable agents added. The more renewable you add during this period, just as much the tax must be lowered as renewable is tax-free! The fact is that we have the support of the European Commission in our demands.On June 10 this year, the EU published an analysis of the carbon dioxide tax that is required by research to meet the Paris climate goals. Today it is stated to be about one krone per kilo of CO2. Today, the total carbon dioxide price is SEK 2.84 / kg for gasoline in Sweden (carbon dioxide tax + energy tax). If the tax were to be reduced to a level that the EU Commission believes is scientifically justified on the basis of the environmental goals, the petrol price in Sweden would be about SEK 12, exactly the requirement that we operate.

We in the Gasoline Uprising 2.0 want to see a reduction in fuel tax by 30% (10% per year for 3 years) for everyone. In addition, we want the tax to be lowered as the reduction obligation is tightened. 

One myth that car opponents cultivate is that we motorists only pay for the costs we cause to society. That's not true either. The tax that we motorists pay when we refuel is carbon dioxide tax, energy tax and VAT. In daily numbers, we call this gasoline tax and make up about 60 percent of the price. The VAT on gasoline introduced in March 1990 is paid at full price including carbon dioxide and energy tax, which means that we motorists in practice pay tax on the tax.

Several studies show that passenger car traffic is overestimated today. Each year, the Traffic Analysis Authority presents an analysis that deals with how high the taxes are paid compared to the socio-economic costs caused by the traffic. The socio-economic costs are calculated, among other things, on accidents and road wear, but also on noise, carbon dioxide emissions and other hazardous emissions. The reason is that the taxes should be as large as the socio-economic costs. The study shows that almost all transport and travel are too low taxed except for passenger car traffic which is severely over-taxed. Not least in rural areas where the state levies 83 per cent for high taxation of motorists when setting income against social costs.

Traffic analysis has also reported in a report (Report 2018: 15) the state's costs and revenues from the traffic and it is stated that road traffic costs about SEK 38 billion per year but pays SEK 93 billion in various taxes. If we compare the railway which costs SEK 35 billion each year, it only pays in SEK 2 billion. 

When we march towards parliament on September 20, we have the support of the largest popular appeal in modern times. Our requirement is that no fuel should cost more than SEK 12 a liter. Many try to portray us as a weak and ignorant voice in the political debate. But let us then remind you that our votes are as strong as everyone else's when we next stand at the ballot box. It is a mistake to let car opponents decide Sweden's car policy.

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From the first Demonstration in May
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