Eurovignette III Recent Developments and Medium-term Policy Options

15-12-2008

This briefing note deals with the proposed EU directive amending Directive 1999/62 and introducing charges for external costs for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). In a first step the Commission’s proposal is compared to the conclusions of the Handbook on the estimation of external costs in the transport sector. In a second step the most controversial issues are discussed, such as the choice of external cost components, the treatment of congestion costs, the treatment of caps, network application and the use of revenues. Finally, some medium-term perspectives and policy options are provided.

This briefing note deals with the proposed EU directive amending Directive 1999/62 and introducing charges for external costs for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). In a first step the Commission’s proposal is compared to the conclusions of the Handbook on the estimation of external costs in the transport sector. In a second step the most controversial issues are discussed, such as the choice of external cost components, the treatment of congestion costs, the treatment of caps, network application and the use of revenues. Finally, some medium-term perspectives and policy options are provided.