Austria wants to ban lorries carrying certain goods from a 12km stretch of the Inn Valley motorway to improve air quality, but the Commission has said this would break EU rules.
A sample of 25 000 EU citizens has shown that a majority would be willing to pay more to use less polluting transport, though most would want the limit set at 10% more.
Response to the public consultation of the European Commission on the Green Paper on market-based instruments for environment and related policy purposes.
T&E's priorities for the 2007 Portuguese presidency of the EU
Europe should have a target of reducing overall carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector by 20% between 1990 and 2020.
MEPs have voted twice to restrict the possibilities for 25-metre lorries (variously called “monster trucks”, “modular trucks”, “gigaliners”, and other names) to use EU roads.
Greenhouse gas emissions from transport continue to rise and the sector's share of total emissions is also higher than ever before. These are the findings of T&E's analysis of 2005 data submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
EU transport and energy ministers have called for “more active use of economic instruments” to encourage people to buy more fuel-efficient cars.
T&E is calling on the EU to make road user charges that include the full costs of pollution and congestion a prerequisite for the introduction of longer and heavier lorries, or 'gigaliners', now being trialled in several European countries.
T&E welcomed five new member organisations at its AGM on Saturday 26 March. The Czech Transport Federation, Danish
Society for Nature Conservation, Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia and Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland joined as full members and Movimento Consumatori, Italy as associate member. T&E now has 49 members in 21 countries.