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.
When people rush into things, there are normally unforeseen consequences. When politicians and officials are faced with a crisis, they feel the need to rush to take some action. It is a recipe for long-term chaos, and it’s happening right now with Europe's car industry.
Belgium has reintroduced its 'cliquet tax' by which fuel tax goes up when the price of fuel goes down (but doesn’t go down when fuel prices go up). The tax was suspended last year when fuel prices rose dramatically, but was reintroduced last month when oil prices came down, and has since been raised again.
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.