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Six injured after car collides with crowd at motor show in Oslo

A car drove into a crowd at an Oslo motor show on Sunday, injuring at least six people who were rushed to hospital, among them children, police said.

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At least six people are injured after a car crashed into the crowd at a motor show in Oslo. Pictured is Oslo.

Police initially wrote on Twitter that six people were taken to hospital “for further checks”, but later said the number may have been higher as some others made their way to hospital independently.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. It occurred at a motor show held in a car park outside a harness horse racing track.

Video footage showed a car reversing at high speed, with the driver appearing to lose control as the car swerved into the crowd standing beside the car park.

The severity of the injuries was not immediately known.

“The injuries are serious for at least one of them. I have no other details about the injuries,” police chief Thomas Broberg told reporters.

He said police had spoken to the driver of the car and had “a theory” about the cause of the accident but said the investigation would take time. Some of the injured were children, Broberg added.

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Norway to remove VAT exemption for electric cars 

Electric cars over a certain value will be subject to VAT from next year, the Norwegian government announced in its revised national budget on Thursday. 

Norway to remove VAT exemption for electric cars 

The current VAT, or MVA, exemption for electric cars will be replaced with a subsidy scheme, the Norwegian government announced when unveiling its revised national budget. 

Under the new subsidy scheme, consumers will be required to pay VAT on all-electric cars that cost more than 500,000 kroner. The VAT charges will be introduced from January 1st 2023. 

“All-electric cars receive support at the bottom (of the price range), but the more expensive electric car you buy, the more VAT you have to pay,” Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum said of the announcement. 

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Cars purchased between now and the end of the year will be exempt from VAT, regardless of price. 

Under the new subsidy scheme, buying an electric car with a sticker price of more than 600,000 kroner would become 25,000 kroner. 

Electric cars over 1 million kroner will become 12.5 percent more expensive due to the VAT charges. 

Norway’s Electric Car Association has said criticised the introduction of VAT. 

“The entire electric car policy is at stake. It’s an incomprehensibly bad idea,” Christina Bu, general secretary of the association, told public broadcaster NRK.

Generous tax incentives have contributed to more than half of new cars sold in Norway being electric vehicles

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