16 July 2021


The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee adopted on 12 July the provisional agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council on the revision of the Eurovignette Directive, by 28 votes in favour to 21. CLECAT welcomes the outcome of the vote, as it will allow the transition from time-based to distance-based charging, reducing CO2 emissions.

New provisions ensure that “vignettes” will be phased out across the core TEN-T network for heavy-duty vehicles from 2029. However, Member States will still be able to retain vignettes for specific parts of this network, if they can prove that a new mode of charging would mean disproportionate costs relative to expected revenue. 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.

The compromise now needs to be formally adopted by the Council and then the European Parliament in Plenary session. This will allow policymakers and industry to focus on the 'Fit for 55’ package published this week. Member States will then have two years after the entry into force to incorporate the new provisions into their national law.

Source: European Parliament