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23 January 2021
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The Transport Committee of the European Parliament organised a hearing on the revision of the EUROVIGNETTE Directive in Brussels.
This Directive carries with it a risk of triggering a further increase in transport costs without achieving the desired environmental improvements. While we share the main aim of the proposal to mitigate the environmental and health-related side effects of transport, the three organisations regretted that it focuses only on the internalisation of external transport cost into road transport prices.
Witnessing the lack of a proper assessment of all policy options in line with its European representative GRTU stresses that the review must not allow Member States to charge the road transport sector for all external cost factors, all the less so in an unlimited manner as suggested by the Parliament's rapporteur.
Finally, all future revenues must be reinvested to mitigate external effects in the sector which is asked to pay.
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