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05/05/2016

America’s challenge to European truck supremacy

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Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners

Instead of reducing emissions, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.

Bulc wants truck drivers to get paid a minimum wage

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants to stop companies that use legal loopholes to underpay truck drivers. The executive says social dumping is rampant among truckers who drive between multiple countries every month—and Bulc wants to clamp down this year.
Trade & Society 19-04-2016

New study plays down economic impact of Schengen border controls

The reintroduction of border controls could cost Europe up to €15 billion a year, according to a team of Munich-based economic researchers. But unlike other experts, they report that this figure is manageable, however unwieldy it might seem. EurActiv Germany reports.

Transport 18-04-2016

Are trucks taking their toll?

The European Commission should introduce truck tolls based on CO2 emissions as part of its 'Eurovignette' review this year, writes Samuel Kenny.
Digital 13-04-2016

Member states divided over driverless car agreement

Transport ministers from EU countries are slated to sign a joint declaration on driverless vehicles tomorrow (14 April), but squabbles between member states have made the agreement a sensitive subject.
Transport 07-04-2016

What is the EU doing about truck CO2 emissions?

Pressure is mounting on manufacturers to lower carbon dioxide emissions from trucks, buses and coaches. The European Commission is planning to introduce the first EU-wide standards to measure CO2 from heavy duty vehicles this summer, as a first step to regulate emissions.

Transport 04-04-2016

VW to spend about half a billion euros on digital trucks by 2020

Volkswagen's truck division will spend about half a billion euros by the end of the decade to enhance digital features of heavy-goods vehicles as truckmakers increase their focus on automation in road haulage, it said on Monday (4 April).
Digital 31-03-2016

Commission wants driverless cars to fix growing number of road deaths

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc is turning to driverless cars as a way to improve the bloc's floundering record on road deaths.
Transport 09-03-2016

France launches 'aggravated fraud' inquiry into dieselgate

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into Volkswagn for “aggravated fraud”. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 02-03-2016

EPP warns against 'witch hunt' in parliament dieselgate probe

Social Democrats won out over the EPP's bid to claim leadership in the European Parliament's new inquiry committee on the dieselgate scandal.
Transport 02-03-2016

Dieselgate researcher says Commission overhaul won't bring big change

One of the researchers that put Volkswagen's emissions cheating on the map said the European Commission's proposal to more strictly police the car industry won't deliver 'fundamental change'.
Transport 24-02-2016

Commission car emissions testing won't have muscle like US watchdog

Commission officials told MEPs in the Environment Committee (ENVI) yesterday (23 February) that the executive doesn't have the resources to police the car industry like the US authorities that caught Volkswagen's emissions cheating last year.


Transport 25-01-2016

Volvo exec: ‘Plenty more scope’ to cut CO2 emissions from trucks

There are virtually “no limits” to what technology can achieve to reduce CO2 emissions from trucks, says Niklas Gustafsson from the Volvo group. What will eventually hold back progress in cutting emissions are wider societal factors, he claims.
Transport 12-01-2016

Transport minister blasts EU inquiry into German road tolls

Berlin's spat with the European Commission over its planned road toll scheme escalated yesterday (12 January) during a visit to Brussels of German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt.

'Significant behaviour shifts' needed to cut transport emissions

Reaching the European emissions reduction targets will require citizens to change their driving habits and embrace alternative modes of transport, according to a new report by the EAA. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Transport 27-10-2015

Decarbonising road transport must be prioritised

Decarbonising European transport requires urgent action, but we are missing crucial opportunities to capitalise on available solutions, writes Robert Wright.
Transport 15-10-2015

Let’s get real with car emissions

We are doing our bit to protect air quality in our cities, but real improvements will only come with tougher emissions standards, writes Anna Lisa Boni.

EU Commission is blinded by fake science

Much of the data on which the EU Commission bases its policy-making on reducing harmful emissions is fake, writes Dick Roche.
Transport 28-09-2015

Transport: Moving ahead

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This week, EurActiv reports from the European Transport Forum. The focus lies on road safety, environmental challenges, and the EU's broader policies on transport and mobility.
Transport 22-09-2015

Five EU countries call for limits on truck CO2 emissions

Britain and three other countries have joined calls for mandatory EU limits on the amount of CO2 pumped out by trucks, which account for 30% of road transport emissions.
Transport 21-09-2015

Expansion of German HGV toll to revitalise national road network

Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt believes that the expansion of the HGV toll on 1 October will bring in revenues of over €300 million. An additional toll on light transport between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes has also been called for. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 10-09-2015

Transport in the ETS? Still not a good idea

Car makers will not invest in low carbon technology while polluting is cheap. Strict emissions standards are the only way to decarbonise road transport and stimulate a modal shift, argues William Todts.
Transport 08-07-2015

Greater competition between pavement industries could save the public millions

When it comes to building roads, increased competition between pavement industries can lower prices and save public money, writes Karl Downey.
Transport 02-07-2015

America’s challenge to European truck supremacy

American trucks have always lagged behind in terms of efficiency, but new US regulations will soon cause the tables to turn, argues William Todts.