About: road toll

A road toll in Serbia [Photo: Shutterstock]
Road charging 30-05-2017

Fifteen EU countries will be forced to change road toll laws under draft rules

Eight EU countries will be forced to change how they charge passenger cars that use public roads by 2023 and nine countries will need to change their systems for trucks, according to draft European Commission plans.

Road charging 29-05-2017

Transport minister: EU approval of German road toll was ‘irritating’

Austria's transport minister has vowed to take Germany to court over its new road toll law, arguing that it discriminates against drivers from other EU countries. He spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.

Road charging 19-05-2017

Parliament wants new road toll and labour rules for truck drivers

MEPs have approved a list of demands for an upcoming EU overhaul of road toll and labour rules for truck drivers, and included a fresh call for an EU road agency after some political groups lost their bid for the new body earlier this year.

Road charging 31-03-2017

Austria to file legal challenge against German highway toll

Austria said on Friday (31 March) it would file a legal challenge against plans by Germany to introduce a road toll for foreign-registered cars using German highways.

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Road charging 29-03-2017

Czech transport minister: EU labour law for truckers must avoid East-West divide

The European Commission is expected to propose changes to employment law for truck drivers and rules on road tolls in May. Czech Transport Minister Dan Ťok suggested a compromise and said he isn't ready to challenge Germany's controversial road toll bill.

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Road charging 28-03-2017

SkyToll CEO: Czech road toll ‘in flagrant violation’ of EU law

The situation with tolling in the Czech Republic is unlawful and could happen again if the European Commission doesn’t intervene, says Matej Okáli.

Road charging 24-03-2017

German parliament gives controversial road toll green light

Germany's Bundestag agreed on Friday (24 March) to introduce a road toll for cars registered abroad with prices linked to environmental criteria.

Road charging 01-03-2017

Twin EU road toll proposals target pollution and cross-border trucking

EU transport chief Violeta Bulc is expected to announce an overhaul of how countries charge road tolls this May - a controversial issue that has provoked bitter political fights lately and is likely to spark backlash from member states, the shipping industry and truck drivers.

Transport 16-02-2017

Pressure mounts on EU to pull the plug on contentious German road toll law

EU transport chief Violeta Bulc has defended the European Commission's move to vouch for a controversial German road toll bill that has spurred blistering critique and threats of a lawsuit from 11 neighbouring countries.

Transport 02-12-2016

Bulc says controversial German deal paves way for EU road toll law

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and Violeta Bulc, the EU transport commissioner, have ended their prolonged fight over a controversial German road toll—provoking anger from neighbours but paving the way for a European-wide road tolling scheme next year.

Transport 10-11-2016

Bulc defends plan to overhaul road toll rules

“Let me assure you that we're not after a revolution here,” Violeta Bulc said at a small Brussels conference this week after she outlined her plans to overhaul rules governing transport and shipping on roads.

Transport 29-09-2016

EU takes Germany to court over planned road toll

The European Commission referred Germany on Thursday (29 September) to the European Court of Justice over a planned road toll that it says discriminates against foreign drivers.

Transport 26-09-2016

EU’s decarbonisation plans scrutinised by divided transport industry

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has to make good on a few promises she made before the summer break.

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.

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.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger
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.

Transport 06-01-2016

Germany encouraged to support Commission’s toll proposals

Brussels expects more support from Berlin for a Europe-wide toll scheme. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 15-12-2015

Alpine region vexed by traffic sees light at end of tunnel

The Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy is suffering under the weight of congestion, as more and more heavy traffic rolls into the Alpine valley. After the jubilation at the COP21 summit in Paris, the Tirol region hopes that traffic will be limited. EURACTIV Germany reports.

German MEP Ismail Ertug (S&D) signed the letter to Bulc
Transport 20-11-2015

MEPs demand Commission propose tolls on trucks to curb CO2 emissions

EXCLUSIVE / Fourteen MEPs have signed a letter to EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc demanding the European Commission propose legislation to impose new tolls on trucks.

Transport 18-06-2015

Germany defiant as Brussels thwarts motorway toll plan

The German government suffered a defeat on Thursday (18 June) when the European Commission launched a challenge to its planned road toll. Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt defended the proposal, saying it was a matter of national sovereignty.

Transport 16-06-2015

Dobrindt: Commission should not interfere with German toll

The European Commission intends to launch infringement proceedings against Germany this week over the country’s passenger car tolls, causing Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt to attack the “sweeping criticism from Brussels”. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Berlin is well on its way to passing a controversial regulation introducing tolls on German highways starting in 2016.
Transport 25-03-2015

Berlin paves way for passenger car tolling

Late Monday (23 March) night, the German government agreed on adjustments to the planned law for passenger car tolling, including changes that accommodate the concerns of the European Commission. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 27-02-2015

German Social Democrats hit the brakes on planned highway toll

The Social Democratic Party called for caution concerning Germany’s planned passenger car tolls, and hopes to review them once more, while Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt defended the toll as fair and modern. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 26-01-2015

Commissioner calls for standardised road pricing in member states

European Union Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc called for the introduction of a standardised European-wide road pricing system in comments she made to a German Sunday newspaper.