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  • Distance-based lorry taxes spreading

    The French government has confirmed it will introduce a distance-based tax on lorries at the beginning of 2013. The confirmation follows a legal challenge to the government’s decision to award the contract for collecting the tolls to an Italian company. The tax will apply to all lorries using national roads and some local roads.

    Poland also introduced a distance-based lorry charge on parts of its national road network earlier this month. The system requires all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes using a network of 1,560 kilometres of national roads, express roads and motorways to be equipped with a tracking device. Some 350,000 on-board units have been distributed. The level of the toll varies according to vehicle weight and emissions class.