Greener EU road tolling rules approved

Parliament approves compromise on Eurovignette directive reached with EU governments

Revised EU rules on charging lorries for using Europe's main motorways have been cleared to enter into force following a vote in the European parliament on Thursday. MEPs agreed the amendments passed in advance with the council of ministers.

Victories for the parliamentary side include a requirement that from 2010 EU states must vary charges for lorries using the trans-European road network according to their Euro emissions class. From 2012 charging will apply to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes rather than 12 tonnes, which is the current limit and was EU governments' preference for the new law too.

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