Briefing on the EU proposal to mandate tyre labels.
The principle of charging heavy vehicles for the ‘external costs’ they cause has been approved by MEPs in their response to the Commission’s proposed revision of the Eurovignette directive, but confusion still surrounds details of how member states can charge for the costs of congestion.
The Commission has threatened legal action against Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal for failing to put EU legislation on road charging into their national laws.
The introduction of road vehicle tyres that are safer, quieter and save money though lower fuel costs, have been delayed by up to fourteen years following a vote today in the European Parliament.
An informal political agreement has been reached on Europe's first energy efficiency and noise standards for car and lorry tyres.
Lorries cause vastly more environmental damage and congestion than their share of Europe’s road vehicles leads people to believe, according to a report for T&E that has been published as the EU debates a controversial revision of the Eurovignette directive.
A report by a Belgian consultancy TML says allowing 60-tonne lorries to use EU roads would bring economic, environmental and safety benefits. However, the report has been criticised by environmental and rail groups who say the modelling used by TML is flawed, as it underestimates the rebound effect on transport demand, so allowing the bigger lorries, often referred to as ‘gigaliners’, would have no overall environmental benefits.
Austria has once again found its attempts to protect itself from the effects of road traffic rejected by EU lawyers.
The future of green road charging schemes in Europe has been hampered by a vote in the European Parliament's Transport Committee.