From the Copenhagen Post: http://www.cphpost.dk/get/101158.html.
Not sure that a metalworkers' union is exactly unbiased, but it's interesting nonetheless. There's something to be said for the mobility (in the socio-economic sense) provided by a car: increase job opportunities, etc. I'm not really trying to start an argument; just curious to hear others' take.
And yes, new car registration costs 180% the cost of the car.
"High taxes on cars effectively put the brakes on the country's economy, according to a study conducted for the Danish National Union of Metalworkers.
The country's 180 percent registration fee makes Denmark one of the most expensive countries in which to own a car. If the fee was reduced, some 200,000 people would have an easier time finding work, the union found.
'High demands are made to employees' mobility, but efforts that make it easier or less expensive for people to be more mobile are few,' Mikael Bay Hansen, an economist for the union, told Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
The Confederation of Danish Commercial Transportation and Service Industries (HTS) joined the union in lobbying the government to lower the fee.
'We see it as a problem that high taxes mean that some people cannot afford to have a car and others pass up on jobs, because the family cannot afford to buy an extra vehicle,' said Lars Storr-Hansen, HTS.
Christian Wichmann Matthiessen, a geography professor who sits on the government's infrastructure commission, noted that although high registration fees helped to limit automobiles' negative aspects such as pollution and accidents, cars were necessary outside major cities, where public transportation is limited.
The proposal from the Union of Metalworkers and HTS comes as the Liberal-Conservative government is considering whether to reduce taxes on a number products.
Jakob Axel Nielsen, the Conservatives party's tax spokesperson, welcomed the proposal, saying the party would help lower the price of environmentally friendly cars.
'The car is part of a mobile labour market and necessary for infrastructure to function,' said Nielsen.
The prime minister's Liberal party, on the other hand, was more guarded about reducing taxes on cars, saying it preferred to find ways to reduce income tax."