The proposed Eurovignette directive that charges goods vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes according to their air and noise pollution has been approved by the European Parliament.
An amendment seeking to add CO2 output in traffic jams was rejected. Some MEPs argued this would not help reduce congestion and would be too heavy on the struggling transport industry. The calculation method used for congestion charges will be for the individual countries to decide, according to vehicles’ pollution rating, type of road used and time period. More roads are included under the revised rules, a final decision on which is to be shared with the EU finance ministers. The parliament wants EU governments to invest Eurovignette revenues towards improving environmental standards and alternative infrastructure.