Country:European Union
Policy status:Planned
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:
Agency:European commission, DG Energy and Transport
Description:The European Commission adopted in July 2003 a proposed for a directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC (directive "Eurovignette") on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures. This proposal has the objective to align the national systems of tolls and of user charges for infrastructure use on common principles. The authorities could link the price of freight transport use to factors including environmental impacts. The key change in the proposed directive is a new flexibility for authorities to vary charges according to engine emissions, congestion levels, time of day and sensitivity of the surrounding environment. Moreover, whereas the existing Community rules apply only to heavy goods vehicles of at least 12 tonnes, the system proposed by the Commission would apply to all lorries exceeding 3.5 tonnes used for goods transport.

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