A panel debate organised by the Joint Representation of the City of Hamburg and the State of Schleswig-Holstein to the EU, in association with UBA and Transport & Environment.
A Swiss haulage association has said allowing 25-metre lorries – known as ‘mega-trucks’ or ‘gigaliners’ – on Europe’s roads would be bad economically and environmentally.
The Commission is expected to act this month to close a gap in EU legislation by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from road transport. It is putting the final touches to proposals to tighten environmental standards for vans and light trucks, but the car makers’ lobby is fighting to get the proposals weakened, while environmental groups fear that some large cars could be reclassified as small trucks to allow the makers to be less strict about emissions.
Editorial by Jos Dings, T&E Director
There’s a golden opportunity just waiting to be seized in the field of European transport, but the first indications are that it will be missed.
Charging lorries for their external costs could contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions from transport, according to a study from the University of Karlsruhe for the Community of European Railways.
The Swedish city of Göteborg (Gothenburg) has become the latest to decide to introduce congestion charging.
Pregnant women who breathe in pollution could be giving birth to children with lower intelligence, says a study from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in America.
The French National Assembly and Senate have reached agreement on the introduction of a national kilometre-based road charging scheme for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to be introduced by 2011.
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.