Armstrong Economics Blog/The Hunt for Taxes
Re-Posted Jan 11, 2019 by Martin Armstrong
Hunt for taxes is running full scale in Scandinavia.
In Sweden, all vehicles including foreign registered vehicles, are obliged to pay congestion taxes in Stockholm and Gothenburg as well as infrastructure charges in Motala and Sundsvall.
Sometimes, the automatic camera system reads the license plate falsely and few people in Finland have gotten monthly invoices, even though they or their car never were in Sweden, including some fire trucks that never leave their home town.
TThepayment is usually a few euros but the overdue payment is 500 SEK. The most horrible thing is that, of course, the due date comes so fast that if you don’t want to pay the 500 SEK overdue payment you just pay the invoice and then it is your burden to prove you never were in Sweden.
REPLY: We are witnessing police being converted into tax agents. This is no longer about protecting the public. It is about exploiting the public to fund government pensions. For every person who moves to retirement, the state then hires their replacement. Consequently, the cost of government is growing exponentially on a global basis and this is the reason why we are undergoing a MAJOR Cycle Inversion in how the markets will react between now and 2032. In Australia, they have been handing out parking tickets in your own driveway. In Australia, there are people who have figured out how to beat all these automated cameras. They clone license plates so other people get the tickets. In the USA, there have been major class actions lawsuits against automated cameras. In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, if you stopped but were 6 inches over the white line, you were still being given a ticket for running a red light. Then people making a right turn on a red were being given tickets for “rolling” rather than coming to a complete halt for at least 5 seconds. Other states are photographing your plate and then send you a ticket for whatever they can find or make up. Failure to have insurance is a popular one even if you have it, they know it is often cheaper to just pay it than spend all day in court.
This is no longer about safety or protecting anyone. It is just about raised revenue any way they can pretend to justify it