Positions 03 Apr 2019

Implementing user-pays and polluter-pays in road charging

As a competitor to road transport, railways are affected by road charging rules. For an efficient provision of transport, but also for fair competition with rail, the principles of user-pays and polluter-pays must be implemented quickly on Europe's roads.

The European Commission's May 2017 proposal for a revised Eurovignette Directive was a good starting point. Further improvements have been made by the European Parliament in its first-reading position of October 2018.

For the upcoming Council discussions, CER is setting out its proposals and priorities in this position paper.