Volvo, Scania urge Germany to reintroduce European vans toll, Auto Information, Automobilnews
BERLIN: Germany has quietly dropped a proposal for a brand new pan-European truck toll from the agenda of its European Union presidency, prompting calls by environmental teams and truck makers Scania and Volvo for it to be reintroduced.Plans for a so-called Eurovignette, which seeks to penalise polluting automobiles and spur the sale of cleaner vans, have been dropped from the German agenda, Germany’s Transport Ministry confirmed on Thursday.
Germany’s resolution follows issues about extra prices in tough financial occasions and removes an incentive for freight corporations to improve to new, much less polluting automobiles.
That doubtlessly reduces gross sales and has prompted inexperienced activists and a few truck makers to complain to Europe’s Transport Ministers.”The failure, beneath the German presidency, to place the Eurovignette on the agenda of the Council of Transport Ministers on September 28 is extraordinarily worrying,” environmental teams and the truck makers stated in a joint letter to European Transport Ministers.
“The reform of the Eurovignette is a decisive instrument for investments by each producers and freight forwarders, thus making the transition to low or zero emissions in transport doable,” says the letter to the EU transport ministers.
Along with Volvo and Scania, the environmental associations Natuur&Milieu, Transport and Setting and the European freight forwarders’ affiliation Clecat signed the letter, which was seen by Reuters.