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.
To inform its position on the upcoming Eurovignette debate in the European Parliament and Council, T&E asked CE Delft to assess the contribution of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) in the EU-27 to emissions of CO2 and air pollutants, noise, traffic accidents and congestion.
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Transport and Environment (T&E) have welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament on 'EURO VI' air pollution limits for new lorries and buses sold in Europe from 2012-13.
MEPs have breathed new life into the Commission’s draft directive on making tyres quieter and more energy-efficient.