Road charging Archives

  • EU states shelve debate on green road charges

    News | Transport 01-04-2009

    A compromise on proposed environmental charges for trucks tabled by the Czech EU Presidency has failed to convince the Union's member states, many of which are arguing that the recession is not the right time to impose extra costs on the transport sector.

  • EU presidency forging consensus on green road charges

    News | Transport 25-03-2009

    The Czech EU Presidency last week (20 March) tabled a compromise proposal to delay the introduction of congestion charges to lorries by four years in an attempt to kick-start deadlocked negotiations.

  • Parliament votes for green road tolls for trucks

    News | Transport 12-03-2009

    Amid opposition from centre-right MEPs, the European Parliament yesterday (11 March) backed the EU executive in its call to allow national governments to charge heavy goods vehicles for the noise they make and the environmental pollution and congestion they cause.

  • MEPs divided over congestion charges for trucks

    News | Transport 12-02-2009

    Despite opposition from conservative MEP's, the European Parliament's transport committee yesterday (11 February) adopted a report backing national governments' right to charge heavy goods vehicles for the noise, pollution and congestion they cause.

  • Parliament to revive EU talks on ‘green’ road tolls

    News | Transport 10-02-2009

    A vote on the revision of the Eurovignette directive in the European Parliament's transport committee tomorrow (11 February) is expected to relaunch negotiations between the bloc's 27 member states over the controversial issue of environmental charging for trucks. But serious progress is not expected before the autumn, when the next Parliament takes office. 

  • Tough negotiations ahead over green road charges

    News | Transport 07-01-2009

    The Czech EU Presidency has identified striking a deal on 'green charges' for trucks as one of its key priorities for the coming months. Meanwhile, member states remain divided over the issue, and industry stakeholders have joined forces to denounce the "incorrect" assumption that merely increasing costs will lead to more sustainable transport.

  • Ministers fail to agree on ‘green’ road tolls

    News | Transport 10-12-2008

    A number of outstanding issues, including internalisation of the external costs of road congestion, must still be resolved before an update of the so-called 'Eurovignette' Directive on road charging can be agreed upon, it emerged after a meeting of EU transport ministers on 9 December. 

  • Road users pressed to ‘internalise’ pollution costs

    News | Transport 05-12-2008

    As transport use continues to grow, all modes of transport must pay their fair share for the pollution they emit, including lorries and private car users, argued stakeholders attending a logistics conference on 3 December.

  • Transport ministers back optional road tolls

    News | Transport 03-09-2008

    Meeting in La Rochelle on 1-2 September for an informal session, EU transport ministers showed some reserve towards Commission proposals to charge truck drivers for the costs they impose in terms of congestion, noise and air pollution.

  • Green tolls to add to fuel cost pressure on truck drivers

    News | Transport 09-07-2008

    Proposals adopted by the Commission yesterday (8 July) could see road haulage costs rise even further than they have already as a result of the hike in fuel prices. They aim to reduce the sector's negative impact on the environment, although green groups say the plans remain weak.

  • Railways: ban on green tolls ‘absurd’ and ‘interventionist’

    Interview | Transport 07-07-2008

    EU rules must be revised to enable governments to make truck drivers pay for the full costs they impose on society and the environment, insisted Johannes Ludewig, the executive director of the railway association CER, in an interview with EURACTIV. But he fears strong opposition from member states and extreme time pressure will lead to an unambitious outcome.

  • MEP: Tajani ‘lame duck’ on greening transport

    Interview | Transport 07-07-2008

    Green MEP Michael Cramer says the nomination of the Italian Antonio Tajani as transport commissioner is "a catastrophe" likely to result in a scaled-down fight against dirty road transport and its huge cost to the climate.