Hauliers concerned by EU lorry charging deal

Road transport association calls on governments to apply new Eurovignette directive "responsibly"

European hauliers have responded warily to new EU lorry charging rules approved last week (EED 15/12/05). The International road transport union (IRU) objected to the lack of requirements for governments to reserve revenue for the road sector or to offset charges by reducing vehicle tax or fuel duty. The association urged EU member states to act responsibly to provide "fair compensation". However, it welcomed the fact that external costs cannot be included in infrastructure charges in the short-term, pending a European commission review of all transport modes. See press release.

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