21 Nov, 2018

Cross-border EU road toll system is finally here

Ethan Arsht

The last trialogue on the “EETS Cross-border interoperability”, which is a part of the Mobility Package I, took place yesterday with positive results. The objective was to achieve the interoperability of all electronic road toll systems in the EU in order to avoid proliferation of incompatible systems, which may compromise both smooth operations of the internal market and the achievement of transport policy objectives. Road users, such as truck drivers, experience an administrative burden, because they have to switch between toll systems when driving from one Member State to the other. This directive is, therefore, an important step forward for Member States and for road users throughout the Union.

Our ALDE Shadow, MEP Matthijs Van Miltenburg, succeeded to influence the negotiations to the point that final agreement contains the following very important issues:

On the final agreement, Mr Van Miltenburg said: “Our goal to make it possible to travel in the future across the Union with only one on-board equipment was broadly adopted by negotiating parties. Last but not least, one of our priorities, the assessment of the possible extension of the provisions facilitating cross-border enforcement to low emission zones, restricted access zones or other urban vehicle access regulation schemes was also welcomed by the negotiation team.”

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