Notification Detail

Ordinance amending the Ordinance on super-green cars (2017:1334)

Notification Number: 2020/484/S (Sweden)
Date received: 29/07/2020
End of Standstill: 30/07/2020
Fiscal Measures: Yes

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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2020) 02836
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2020/0484/S

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 202002836.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2020 0484 S EN 29-07-2020 S NOTIF


2. Member State
S


3. Department Responsible
Kommerskollegium
Box 6803, 113 86 Stockholm
Sverige
Tel: 08-690 48 00
epost: 1535@kommers.se


3. Originating Department
Regeringskansliet, Miljödepartementet
103 33 Stockholm
Sverige

m.registrator@regeringskansliet.se


4. Notification Number
2020/0484/S - T40T


5. Title
Ordinance amending the Ordinance on super-green cars (2017:1334)


6. Products Concerned
Vehicles


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
It is proposed that a requirement be introduced meaning that the person who has received a premium is obliged to repay the paid premium if the car has been deregistered from the Road Traffic Registry, for reasons other than that the car has been scrapped, earlier than five years from the date the car was acquired.

The provisions are proposed to enter into force on 1 January 2021.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
In the budget bill (Government bill 2019/20:1, expenditure area 20, p. 87 f.), the government has announced that an amendment must be made to the previously notified Ordinance on super-green cars (2017/597/S). The amendment is intended to prevent subsidised super-green cars from being resold abroad within a limited period.

The premium for new super-green cars is a policy instrument that aims to promote the sale of cars with a low climate impact in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and to contribute towards a switchover in the transport sector to fossil-free transport. A prerequisite for protecting the environment is that new vehicles with a low climate impact that are acquired continue to be used within the country’s territory for a foreseeable period of time and are not taken out of the country shortly after acquisition.

The proposal means that a new super-green car must be registered in the Road Traffic Registry for at least five years from the time the car was registered. If the car is deregistered for any reason other than that it is being scrapped, the person who received a premium may be liable for repayment (§ 23).

The emissions of greenhouse gases from, among other things, the transport sector must continue to decrease at an ever-increasing rate in order for Sweden to fulfil its commitments under the Paris Agreement, the EU’s emission targets and also its national climate and environmental targets. Everyone in society needs to act together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and those who acquire or lease a car with a low climate impact contribute to reducing emissions from the transport sector. Air pollution is admittedly cross-border, but with regard to possible synergy effects, it is important that different national and international measures and policy instruments are used together to contribute to also protecting the environment at local level. It is therefore essential that new vehicles with a low climate impact that are acquired are also used for a foreseeable period of time in the country in which they were acquired. It erodes the legitimacy of the system if the person who acquires a new car with a low climate impact receives a premium but shortly afterwards deregisters the car and takes it abroad.

The requirement that the person who acquires a new super-green car must ensure that the car remains registered in the Road Traffic Registry for at least five years is considered to be the least intrusive measure. The requirement is time-limited and the time period is set based on statistics regarding the point in time at which most cars that have received a premium are taken abroad. In 2018, 1 308 electric cars and 3 684 plug-in hybrids were exported abroad. Of the exported electric cars and plug-in hybrids, 99 % were under five years old. In 2018, 3 341 gas-fuelled cars were exported, which was more than were newly registered that year. When it comes to gas-fuelled cars, 52 % were under five years old at the time of export. Diagram 1 (submitted separately in the notification case) shows the number of cars exported in 2018. Statistics for 2019 indicate that the trend of new super-green cars continuing to be exported persists. In 2019, 1 534 electric cars and 5 789 plug-in hybrids were exported abroad. Of the exported electric cars and plug-in hybrids, about 99 % were under five years old. In 2019, 3 808 gas-fuelled cars were exported and of these, about 44 % were under five years old. Diagram 2 (submitted separately in the notification case) shows the number of cars exported in 2019.

The premium for acquiring a new car with a low climate impact is a benefit, an incentive to increase sales and the use of new cars with a low climate impact, and not a right. It is therefore reasonable for the legislator to determine the conditions that must apply for a premium to be paid. Anyone who has acquired a new super-green car and thus received a premium can choose to sell the car within five years and is then aware that there is a risk of a repayment obligation if the car is deregistered for reasons other than that the car is being scrapped. The acquirer is also aware of how much may need to be repaid as the premium amount is determined in each individual case. The acquirer is thus given the opportunity to consider which course of action is most advantageous and is therefore free to choose to sell the car before five years have elapsed. Overall, the measure is deemed necessary and proportionate to achieve the purpose of protecting the environment.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
The basic texts were forwarded with an earlier notification: 2017/597/S


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
Yes


15. Impact assessment
-


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the project has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure.

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