Road charging / Revising the Eurovignette Directive

Road charging / Revising the Eurovignette Directive

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Railways pay distance-based charges everywhere in the EU (100% tolling by EU law), covering at least the direct cost of infrastructure use, plus often a mark-up. By contrast, even for major roads (motorways and other main roads), charges (vignettes or tolls) are currently only applied to trucks on about 20-25% of the network in Europe. Even less for passenger transport. So competition is not fair between road and rail.

As outlined in this summary sheet, CER welcomes several elements of the Commission's recent proposal on road charging (Eurovignette) but calls for improvement on others. The European Parliament and Council should raise the Directive's ambition accordingly.