On 31 May 2017, the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union. It was presented within the context of the Commission’s first ‘Europe on the Move’ package that seeks to modernise mobility and transport. Tying in with the 2015 energy union strategy and the Commission’s 2016 European strategy for low emission mobility, and announced in the 2017 Commission work programme, the revision of the European Electronic Tolling Service (EETS) was presented together with the revision of the directive on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (the Eurovignette Directive). In June 2018, both Parliament and Council adopted their positions on the Commission’s proposal, opening the way for interinstitutional (trilogue) negotiations to begin.
A summary of the presentation of the priorities is now available.
A summary of the consideration of the draft report is now available.
In May 2017, as part of the ‘Europe on the move’ initiative, the European Commission put forward a set of three proposals to update social and market rules in the road transport sector. In June 2018, the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted its reports on the proposals, and mandates to begin trilogue negotiations. However, during the June plenary session, the Parliament did not endorse the mandates. Therefore, according to the rules of procedure, the TRAN reports will be put to the vote during the July plenary.
EU countries want to make it easier to trace owners of foreign vehicles that fail to pay road tolls by granting each other access to national vehicle registration data. The Council today adopted a general approach on updated electronic road tolling rules which include a legal basis for such information sharing. The possible administrative or legal consequences will depend on the national law of the country where the failure to pay a road fee took place.
EU countries imposing time-based road use charges will need to switch to distance-based ones for trucks and buses from 2023 and cars from 2026, under draft rules adopted today.