The changes will come into force after approval by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the 27 countries, and then by the EU Council.
Representatives of the European Union and the European Parliament have agreed on new rules on road tolls within the EU. According to the press service of the EU Council on Wednesday, June 16, the changes, in particular, are designed to help achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, which involve reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
Buses can be exempt from paying the road toll
According to the agreements, EU countries will be able to introduce combined systems of charging road tolls, based both on the time that the vehicle spends on the road, and on its length. In addition, there may be different fees for different modes of transport, and some of them (for example, buses) may be exempt from payment.
The changes will come into force after approval by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the 27 EU countries (COREPER), and then by the EU Council (heads of relevant ministries). European countries will have two years to develop appropriate regulations at the national level.
The European Commission first introduced changes to the Eurovignette Directive in May 2017. The introduction of road tolls is voluntary for EU member States.