Parliament urges delay for EU road toll service

MEPs vote on toll interoperability, GM crops, truck ecopoints, van emissions, fuel excise duties

The European parliament completed its final plenary session of 2003 on Thursday, including a first reading on European Commission proposals for a directive on interoperability of road charging systems. MEPs sought to put a brake on progress, pushing back deadlines and calling for greater flexibility over future decisions on technologies.

The Commission presented a single European toll service as an important foundation stone in parallel efforts to agree an EU framework for road infrastructure charging. Its core principles were one contract per customer and one box per vehicle (EED 29/04/03).

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