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 idea of ‘green taxation’ appears to be losing
popularity, and the growing appeal of emissions trading may be responsible. The EU’s statistical office Eurostat says green taxes measured as a proportion of GDP fell to an eight-year low of
2.5% in 2007, with taxation on transport accounting for just a quarter of that.
The European Commission has published its vision for the future of transport policy in the European Union. But the paper completely underestimates the challenges and proposes no concrete solutions, according to Transport and Environment.
After some eight months of unprecedented panic, and equally unprecedented action to soften the sharp edges of the global downturn, we now seem to be entering a new phase – an after-emergency phase in which people are starting to come to their senses and scratch their heads over the consequences of the crisis for the next years, if not decades.