Swiss plan tax on electric vehicles to help finance roads

ZURICH, June 29 (Reuters) - Switzerland plans a new tax on vehicles powered by electricity and other alternative sources of energy to help plug a gap in financing for road building and maintenance as revenue from traditional fuel taxes declines, the government said on Wednesday.

Road infrastructure is now financed in part by taxes on fuels such as petrol and diesel, which will drop as more electric cars take to the road. The government asked the transport ministry to come up with a proposal by the end of the year to make road financing more sustainable.

The new tax will consist of a fixed amount per kilometre driven and vehicle category, the government said, but it was still figuring out how to levy the tax, which is planned to take effect from 2030.

The new tax requires a constitutional amendment, so will face a referendum under the Swiss system of direct democracy. (Reporting by Michael Shields. Editing by Jane Merriman)