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Eurovignette: MEPs back polluter pays principle for truck charges
The charges on heavy-goods vehicles should be based in part on the air and noise pollution they produce and the congestion they cause, according to legislation approved by the European Parliament's Transport Committee.
The European Commission's original proposal included air and noise pollution and congestion but stopped short of including CO2 emissions. Some MEPs wanted to add CO2 to the list of chargeable costs, arguing that lorries, like aeroplanes, are partly responsible for climate change, but the committee voted today to exclude CO2 emissions from the text.
In FEHRL's Heavyroute project our members are working with truck manufacturers, mapping companies and ITS organisations to develop a system that will directly reduce the impacts and costs of heavy vehicle usage by helping hauliers use the most appropriate routes.
Heavyroute will present its final results on 9th ande 10th June in Brussels.
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