|Council of the European Union, European Parliament
|Official Journal of the European Union
|L 69, Pages 1-39
|Blog & Commentary, Legislation, News, Policy-making
Directive (EU) 2022/362 - formally signed by the co-legislators on 24 February 2022 - introducing amendments amending Directives 1999/62/EC, 1999/37/EC and (EU) 2019/520, as regards the charging of vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures. This is also known as the Eurovignette Directive. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Directive 1999/62/EC provides the legal framework for charging heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) for the use of certain roads. The Directive aims to eliminate distortions of competition between transport undertakings by a step-wise harmonisation of vehicle taxes and establishment of fair mechanisms for infrastructure charging. It sets minimum levels of vehicle taxes for HGVs and specifies the modalities of infrastructure charging, including the variation of charges according to the environmental performance of vehicles. Directive 1999/37/EC addresses vehicle registration documents. Directive (EU) 2019/520 sets out rules on electronic road toll systems and includes a legal basis for the sharing of national vehicle registration data among EU Member States.
The draft law aims at addressing the shortcomings of the existing Directive, i.e. at a better fulfilment of the legislation's objectives. It aims to simplify certain provisions, by removing the variation of tolls based on Euro emission class and by eliminating cumbersome notification requirements. It is also proposed that buses, passenger cars and vans are included in the scope of the Directive, and that road charges reflect CO2 emissions.
The proposed Directive was put forward on 31 May 2017 as part of the Europe on the Move package, in the framework of the 2015 Energy Union Strategy. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on 25 October 2018. Following lengthy discussions, the Council of the European Union adopted its general approach in December 2020. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this draft law was reached on 16 June 2021. This was formally endorsed by the Council on 9 November 2021, followed by the Parliament on 17 February 2022. The Act was formally signed by the co-legislators on 24 February 2022, and it was published in the Official Journal on 4 March 2022.
|Mobility and Transport, Taxation
|Road Transport, Transport Infrastructure
|Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions
|European Union [EU]