Make your voice heard on road charging!
The European Commission is considering harmonised rules on road charging for cars and has now opened a public consultation on the issue. A possible harmonisation could have an effect on the charge-collecting technologies used, methods for calculating tolls, and how fees are used.
The purposes of tolls are to internalise external costs for traffic as air pollution, congestion and noise as well as financing the maintenance and construction of the infrastructure itself. The Commission wants to know how citizens value the different purposes.
The Eurovignette Directive has since 1999 regulated road charges for heavy goods vehicles in the EU, but the equivalent for light vehicles is still lacking. Currently 14 member states have some form of road charging systems for cars, either in the form of tolls (distance-based) or vignettes (time-based).
The consultation will be open until 4 November.