|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Mobility and Transport|
|Series Details||COM (2017) 275|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 31 May 2017, introducing amendments to Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures - also known as the Eurovignette Directive.
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.
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 2021 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.
|Subject Categories||Mobility and Transport, Taxation|
|Subject Tags||Road Transport, Transport Infrastructure|
|Keywords||Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|