On 12 February 2003, the European Parliament rejected the Transport Council’s agreement on the extension of the ecopoints system for heavy lorry transit through Austria. It proposed a less restrictive system to be applied only to three Alpine passes, not to Austria as a whole.
The European Parliament voted in favour of the report drafted by Luciano Caveri (ELDR, I), by 430 votes to 79.
The report limits the scope of the proposed regulation to cover only transit through three Alpine passes, and not Austria as a whole. Also, restrictions would apply to some categories of heavy goods vehicles only.
From 2004, only the transit of older lorries would be restricted, while cleaner lorries – almost half of the vehicles passing through Austria – would be given free passage. From 2005, the oldest and most polluting vehicles would be banned completely, and quotas would apply only to one remaining category of vehicles.
The Council’s agreement is much closer to the current ecopoint system. It covers lorry transit through the whole of Austria, and allocates ecopoints to most vehicles except the oldest ones.