Germany woos Slovakia over lorry charging
Slovak transport minister Pavol Prokopovic has agreed to support Germany in current EU debates on heavy lorry charging and weekend lorry bans following a visit to Bratislava on Thursday by his German counterpart Manfred Stolpe. Slovakia will become a full EU member in just two weeks' time. Germany wants weekend lorry bans to apply to all lorries over 7.5 tonnes. It wants revised Eurovignette lorry charging rules to be based on true costs of road and environmental damage and income to be used only for transport infrastructure, but including railways. See Slovak transport ministry.