MEPs vote for greener EU road toll rules

European parliament's transport committee puts internalisation of external costs back on the agenda

The European parliament's transport committee has reintroduced into revised EU road toll rules scope for member states to recoup external environmental costs. The vote contradicts an agreement by transport ministers that tolls could only be used to recover costs of infrastructure (EED 22/04/05).

The clause was recommended by centre-right Dutch MEP Corien Wortmann-Koll in August. It requires the European Commission to propose a calculation method for charging external costs no later than two years after the new directive enters force (EED 09/09/05).

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