In July, the European Commission unveiled a package of green laws to cut the EU’s carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the impact the so-called “Fit for 55” package will have on the commercial road transport sector.
The European Commission has proposed wide-ranging legislation aimed at cutting emissions from road transport across the EU. But the various taxes embedded in the proposals run the risk of exacerbating inequality if not implemented properly, warns MEP Petar Vitanov.
Industry leaders in the heavy-duty vehicle sector have criticised EU plans to increase carbon taxes on commercial road transport in the next years, arguing that it is unjust to do so before clean solutions for road freight and coaches are widely affordable.
Road transport operators are at the core of the EU’s green transformation. Fully aware of their responsibility, they are committed to decarbonise. However, technologies for zero-emissions alternatively fuelled heavy-duty vehicles and related infrastructure are still in their infancy.
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