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Review of Directive 1999/62/EC ("Eurovignette") as amended, on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads

Review of Directive 1999/62/EC ("Eurovignette") as amended, on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads

Review of Directive 1999/62/EC ("Eurovignette") as amended, on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads
Consultation period: 

Review of Directive 1999/62/EC ("Eurovignette") as amended, on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads

Consultation period: 8/07/2016 - 2/10/2016

Published results



Consultation period

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 2 October 2016 at the very latest.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

The consultation can particularly be of interest for citizens travelling by road as well as undertakings offering or using road transport services in their activity, and companies engaged in the transport chain. It can also be of particular interest for regional and national public authorities, and other organisations directly involved in the road transport sector.

Structure of the questionnaire

  1. Information about the respondent
  2. General questionnaire
    1. Identification of the problems
    2. The role of the EU
    3. Policy options
  3. Specialised questionnaire
  4. Additional contribution

Section 1 is obligatory for all respondents.

The questions in section 2 are of general nature and are designed to gather input from a broad audience on the identification of the main problems of the road haulage sector.

The questions in section 3 are of a more specialised nature and are primarily intended to gather input from key stakeholders on possible policy measures and their impacts on the sector.

Depending on their interests and level of expertise, respondents are free to reply either only to the questions in section 2 or to the questions in sections 2 and 3.

Section 4 is optional for all respondents.  

Using the questionnaire

Contributions may be submitted in any EU language.

You can skip questions that you do not feel comfortable responding to. However, replies to questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory. You can also pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you will be able to download a copy of your completed questionnaire.

Throughout the questionnaire, "the Directive" refers to Directive 1999/62/EC ("Eurovignette") as amended, on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures.

Context and objective of the consultation

Directive 1999/62/EC (the "Eurovignette" Directive) provides a detailed legal framework for charging heavy goods vehicles (HGVs - Initially only heavy goods vehicles with a total permissible laden weight above 12 tonnes) for the use of certain roads. The Directive aims to eliminate distortions of competition between transport undertakings by achieving step-wise harmonisation of vehicle taxes and establishment of fair mechanisms of infrastructure charging. It sets minimum levels of vehicle taxes for heavy commercial vehicles and provides for the way infrastructure charges should be set, including differentiation according to environmental performance.

The Eurovignette Directive does not oblige Member States to introduce user charges, but specifies that in the case user charges are applied, tolls should be related to the cost of constructing, operating and developing infrastructure. It has been amended twice (by Directives 2006/38/EC and 2011/76/EU ), to include vehicles with a permissible laden weight between 3.5 and 12 tonnes and measures aiming at addressing the issues of traffic-based air pollution and noise as well as congestion.

No such legal framework exists for lighter goods vehicles and for passenger transport. The Communication on the application of national road infrastructure charges levied on light private vehicles (COM(2012)199 final ) clarified how the Treaty provisions on non-discrimination and the principle of proportionality apply to car vignettes, but it does not have legal force.

Following ex-post evaluations of the current legislative framework which revealed persisting problems in the area of road infrastructure charging, the Commission intends to revise the Directive in order to promote fair and efficient road charging. This will require the assessment of potential impacts of possible policy options, involving the consultation of stakeholders and the general public.

With this part of the consultation the Commission would like to invite citizens, authorities as well as specialist stakeholders and interested professionals to express their opinion on:

  • the appropriateness of the current EU legal framework relative to road infrastructure charging
  • the problems identified and the preliminary options for policy answers to these problems, as identified by the Commission in the preparatory work for a revision of the Directive.

Stakeholders with specialist knowledge or direct professional links to the topic are invited, in the framework of this public consultation, to upload their specific positions or send them by e-mail to the functional mailbox All such contributions will be analysed, reported on and taken into account in the impact assessment.

Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

Explanations about the protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.