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Uppsala turns from encouraging to taxing sustainable mobility

Uppsala turns from encouraging to taxing sustainable mobility

It is a sign that electrical mobility might have become mainstream in the city

Many dream of the day when green mobility will be the most common mode of transport in our cities, rather than the alternative that still needs incentivization to take root. Recent news from the Swedish city of Uppsala, however, indicate that this dream might have already turned into a reality there. So much so that municipal authorities have decided to introduce fees and fines for electrical mobility, the kinds that drivers of carbon fuel vehicles are quite used to.

On 8 September, municipal committees extended proposals to be voted by the city council regarding the introduction of fines for incorrectly parked e-scooters and fees for charging electric cars. It seems the authorities are confident enough that this will not turn residents away from sustainable modes of transport.

Regulations now set firmer sights on electrical mobility

The Street and Social Environment Committee proposed that electric scooter companies should pay to park their vehicles in Uppsala and to move them at the municipality's request. The municipality also plans for companies to be banned from parking and setting up electric scooters in large parts of the inner city, combined with the introduction of a speed limit for them.

The fee for setting up the vehicles in a public place is proposed to be SEK 3 (about 30 euro cents) per electric scooter per day. Furthermore, it will cost the company SEK 300 to move an incorrectly parked electric scooter.

“It is positive that we get more sustainable alternatives for light passenger transport in the inner city. At the same time, there must be order in the traffic and all road users must be involved and take this responsibility,” explained Rickard Malmström, chairman of the committee.

Likewise, it seems that the days of charging your electric car for free in that city will also be over soon. With more electric vehicles on the roads, a fee needs to be charged to cover the municipality's costs.

Thus, there is a proposal to introduce a maximum tariff based on a calculation that provides cost coverage for investments in charging infrastructure, cloud service, electricity-related costs and operating costs.

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