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 Commission has rejected several suggestions by MEPs to make the forthcoming revised EU law on tyre labelling easier for the public to understand.
A French environmental NGO has launched a petition calling for ‘mega-trucks’ to be banned from France’s roads, following a poll that showed 81% opposition to the longer and heavier lorries.
Hints that transport will be targeted by the new Commission in its next stage of reducing greenhouse gases have been dropped by three leading officials.
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.
To see the terms of reference click here.
Interested? Contact Nina Renshaw. The deadline for proposals is 9 June 2009.
Measures to cut fuel consumption and noise through better tyres have moved a step closer, and must now await next month's European Parliament elections.
Initial results from Berlin's Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) show some encouraging results.
Compromise appears to have been reached over the EU's current draft legislation on capturing vapour at petrol stations.