Toll-per-kilometre of Heavy Goods Vehicles: a Comparison



Toll-per-kilometre of Heavy Goods Vehicles: a Comparison

Authors

CORTHIER B and MORELLO S, ISIS, France

Description

In continental Europe, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) must currently be equipped with a "Eum-vignette" authorising them to use motorways in countries which are not equipped with toll-per-kilometre systems. The financial capital produced from this "Euro-vigne

Abstract

In continental Europe, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) must currently be equipped with a "Eum-vignette" authorising them to use motorways in countries which are not equipped with toll-per-kilometre systems. The financial capital produced from this "Euro-vignette" is then redistributed amongst the countries according to the kilometres travelled on their motorway network.

By the calendar year 2003, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal Republic of Austria intend to abandon this system in favour of the introduction of a toll-per-kilometre system for their'entire motorway networks.

This paper will compare two very different approaches Used by Germany and Austria to meet this goal leading to a number of interesting conclusions, some of Which are as fdllows:

* The geographical situation of each country combined with different political concerns can result in completely different choices for the technology to be implemented.

* The rationale Tor the introduction o7 toll is either ~nancial, or related to national transport policies.

* For reasons of political" sensitivity, the opposition to tolls differs from one country to another.

* The European Commission does not play a major role during the initial stages of these projects, but rather in the closing stages, which can halt progression.

* Two different organisational strategies were used to obtain similar results (one where the State has an operating role and the other where the State acts as a monitoring authority ).

This paper will therefore provide important insights forpolicy-makers for future changeovers in European countdes with existing "free" motorway networks to toll motorway networks.

Publisher

Association for European Transport