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Press release from Ministry of Infrastructure

Government takes decision on EU’s highest penalty fees


The Government has taken a decision on precise regulations for foreign road transport companies operating national road haulage in Sweden. At the same time, the penalty fees for infringements of the regulations will be increased from SEK 40 000 to SEK 60 000.

– There must be order on our roads. That’s why the Government is now moving ahead with increased penalty fees for unauthorised cabotage operations and greater client liability. This means that the penalty fees in Sweden for unauthorised cabotage operations will be among the highest in the EU. The message is clear – those who engage in cheating and dodgy dealings do not belong on our roads, says Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth.

The legislative amendments specify what is meant by a cabotage operation under the EU road haulage regulation. Client liability will also be adjusted to make it clear that an unauthorised transport does not need to be completed for the client to be held liable.

The penalty fee for infringements of the cabotage regulations will be increased from SEK 40 000 to SEK 60 000 – which will be among the highest in the EU – with the aim of increasing compliance with the regulations.

The amendments enter into force on 1 December 2021.

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Fact: Cabotage

Cabotage operations are the temporary national transport of goods that a transport operator performs in a different Member State than the one in which it is registered.