The European Commission today proposed the EU’s first-ever fuel economy standards for new trucks. The 2025 target of 15% will save truck owners €5,000 in reduced fuel bills every year, strengthen European truckmakers’ competitiveness and cut millions of tonnes of climate-changing emissions. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the proposal but cautions that the Commission’s plan falls short of the ambition demanded by hauliers and businesses and what’s needed to hit the EU’s own climate goals.
The EU should fill its post-Brexit budget gap with new revenues from taxing transport, which is Europe’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta, ex-WTO head Pascal Lamy, former finance minister of Germany Hans Eichel and 14 other economists have told EU leaders. In advocating a green tax shift, they called for a higher minimum tax on road diesel, VAT on airline tickets for the first time and taxing aviation kerosene which is currently exempt. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment welcomed the letter, citing its own analysis that such a green tax shift would generate additional revenues of more than €50 billion a year which would allow for the income tax burden to be reduced.
A group of 18 major European cities have written to Commission President Juncker urging him to prioritise road safety by mandating a direct vision standard for trucks as soon as possible. Cities such as London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels and Copenhagen are re-designing existing roads and cutting vehicle speeds but say they cannot be successful "if we do not also improve in parallel the safety of the cars, vans and trucks".
Some delivery trucks have blind spots up to 1.9 metres even though the best in their class have virtually none and could save hundreds of pedestrian and cyclists’ lives , according to the latest study by the Loughborough Design School. It finds huge differences in the direct vision – what drivers can see with their own eyes – of best and worst-in-class trucks in all categories, and that ‘low-entry cabs’ like the Mercedes Econic out perform all of today’s best performing vehicles.
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament will vote next week on noise limits for vehicles. The compromise proposal put forward by the lead MEP has been drafted by sports car manufacturer Porsche.
Today’s vote by MEPs to introduce distance-based road tolls for trucks will mean vehicles will pay for the CO2 emissions they emit, incentivising cleaner trucking, green NGO Transport & Environment has said. By 2026 drivers would no longer be able to pay by duration – per day, week, month, etc – to drive unlimited distances, and would instead pay per km, according to the European Parliament transport committee’s revision of the Eurovignette Directive.
In einer bislang beispiellosen Initiative haben 35 führende Handelsunternehmen, Logistiker und Spediteure die Europäische Kommission unter Jean-Claude Juncker dazu aufgerufen, die CO2-Emissionen neuer Lkw um fast ein Viertel zu reduzieren. Juncker sei nun gefragt, sein Versprechen  einlösen, um Europas Vorreiterrolle beim Kampf gegen den Klimawandel zu sichern. Mit einer verbindlich festgeschriebenen Reduzierung der CO2-Emissionen um 24 % bis 2025 würde der für Mai geplante Kommissionsvorschlag für CO2-Grenzwerte für Lkw gleich einen doppelten Effekt haben: Er würde die Branche dabei unterstützen, ihre Klimaziele zu erreichen, und den Unternehmen gleichzeitig Einsparungen von 7.700 € pro Jahr und Fahrzeug ermöglichen. Dies geht aus einem Brief hervor, den neben DB Schenker, Hermes Germany, IKEA, Tchibo auch mittelständische Spediteure und Verbände des Transportgewerbes unterschrieben haben.
Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission should set a target of reducing truck emissions by almost a quarter if he wants to deliver on his pledge  of Europe remaining the leader in the fight against climate change, 36 major global brands, transport companies and hauliers associations have told the EU leader. A mandated 24% cut in CO2 by 2025 in the Commission’s truck CO2 proposal next month would help the sector meet its climate goals and save businesses €7,700 per year, per truck, according to a letter signed by Carrefour, IKEA, Unilever, Heineken, Nestlé, Geodis, national transport associations and other big players in an unprecedented joint call by companies and truckers.
A deal on a new law requiring truckmakers to disclose data about their vehicles’ fuel efficiency has been welcomed. Sustainable transport NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) said the provisional agreement struck between MEPs and EU governments yesterday will bring more transparency and competition, and will therefore allow hauliers to make informed purchasing decisions, driving fuel efficiency gains and climate emissions reductions.
More investment in public charging infrastructure needed after 2020 as electric vehicle sales increase.Press release from the Electromobility Platform.Contrary to mainstream belief that there are not enough electric vehicle chargers and that this is discouraging potential EV buyers, a new analysis reveals sufficient public recharging facilities for the number of cars on the road in 2017 in many countries. Furthermore, if national EV infrastructure roll-out plans are met there will also be sufficient EV chargers until 2020.