Yesterday’s Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg ended without agreement on a revised ‘Eurovignette’ Directive – the planned framework for charging Heavy Goods Vehicles for use of European roads. Click here for the full press release.
Proceedings from the April 2004 seminar on economic instruments, hosted in Brussels by T&E.
The European Parliament took an important step yesterday towards fair and efficient pricing in transport at its plenary meeting in Strasbourg.
Yesterday's transport Council meeting failed to reach agreement on the Eurovignette. This had been the last chance under the present Commission for progress on making transport pay for its full costs, after its failure to propose a framework directive on pricing it had promised in 2001. "We lay the blame for this debacle squarely at the feet of the Commission," said Markus Liechti, Project Manager. Available in both HTM and PDF formats.
Subtitle: 'An alternative to the European Commission's proposal.' Responding to concerns from all sides about the content of the European Commission's revision to the Eurovignette Directive, T&E commissioned leading economist Dr Per Kågeson to write this alternative, together with a full explanation of the reasons for the proposed changes.
Reaction to the compromise on Ecopoints reached late in the night of 25 November. T&E urges the European Parliament to reject the compromise, as the environmental benefits of the scheme would be practically non-existant. Available in htm or PDF.
In July 2003 the European Commission adopted its long-awaited proposal on charging heavy goods vehicles to use Europe's principal roads, amending the so-called 'Eurovignette' directive. T&E believes the proposal has serious flaws which could prevent it doing the job it is supposed to do.
T&E will hold a seminar on the Eurovignette directive revision (road pricing for freight). Note: this seminar is full. We cannot accept further registrations. We will make the seminar documents available on the T&E website once they are available. See Activities / Right Prices for more information. Contact: Markus Liechti.
On 23 July, the European Commission adopted a communication on the revision of the Eurovignette Directive. The new proposal, long awaited by NGOs and other stakeholders, is a disappointment. T&E has called for its rejection by the European Parliament and the Council. It confuses the concepts of pricing and financing, does not encourage sustainable transport and, overall, is insufficient and unambitious in scope. For more details see the T&E briefing and the T&E press-release or contact Markus Liechti.
T&E Board member, Malcolm Fergusson, lives and works in London. He kept a diary of the first weeks of London’s congestion charge for T&E.