The Eurovignette Directive – background briefing

April 21, 2005

Background briefing on the Eurovignette directive - guidelines for road charging for lorries.

Since 1993 the Eurovignette Directive has provided guidelines for charging lorries for road use. The current Directive dates from 1999. In August 2003, the European Commission presented a proposal to amend this Directive.

T&E and a broad range of other transport stakeholders criticised certain elements of the draft revision. In particular, this coalition believes that it is essential that any revised Directive must allow Member States the right to apply road user charges to the whole road network without any restrictions, the right to decide on what the revenues are used for and the right to include all external costs.

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