Charging lorries for their external costs could contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions from transport, according to a study from the University of Karlsruhe for the Community of European Railways.
The Swedish city of Göteborg (Gothenburg) has become the latest to decide to introduce congestion charging.
The French National Assembly and Senate have reached agreement on the introduction of a national kilometre-based road charging scheme for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to be introduced by 2011.
France is set to become the fifth EU member to introduce a nationwide heavy goods vehicle charge. But late concessions and a provision for ‘earmarking’ revenues have dampened environmental campaigners’ enthusiasm for the scheme.
This briefing outlines how the planned French road charging system for lorries will compare to the national lorry tolling schemes already in operation in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
The introduction of longer and heavier lorries on European roads would lead to an increase in CO2 emissions from freight transport according to a new study by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
Transport and Environment (T&E) has launched a call for proposals for a study investigating the price sensitivity of road freight transport in Europe.
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Interested? Contact Nina Renshaw. The deadline for proposals is 9 June 2009.
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.
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.