CLECAT CALLS FOR SWIFT ADOPTION OF EUROVIGNETTE DEAL
The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee will vote on 12 July on the provisional agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council on the revision of the Eurovignette Directive. The compromise which was agreed on 15 June was welcomed by CLECAT in a press release, in support of the transition from time-based to distance-based charging, reducing CO2 emissions.
The provision on the variation of infrastructure charges according to CO2 emissions will deliver incentives and investment certainty, support the decarbonisation of road freight, and help the EU and its Member States meet their climate commitments. From 2023, emissions-free trucks will get at least 50% discounts on road tolls while fossil-fuelled trucks will be charged based on their CO2 emissions and air pollution, with more efficient heavy-goods vehicles paying less.
CLECAT therefore calls on the Members of the TRAN Committee to endorse the provisional agreement to ensure a speedy adoption of the revised Eurovignette Directive. This will allow policymakers and industry to focus on the 'Fit for 55’ package which will be published next week. The Parliament and the Council will then formally adopt the Eurovignette deal, and Member States will have two years after the entry into force to incorporate the provisions into their national law.