Over the years public spending on road maintenance has decreased significantly, which leads to a number of negative economic, social and environmental consequences.
In May 2017 the European Commission issued a proposal for amending the Eurovignette Directive (1999/62/EC) on the charging of heavy goods vehicles (HVGs) for the use of certain infrastructure. The legislative text does not require Member States to levy charges on their road network. However, in case Member States introduce user charges, they have to respect the provisions of the Directive. The main objective of the recent proposal, which substantially amends the existing legislation by extending the scope of vehicles covered (now, passenger cars are included), is to make progress with regard to the “user pays” principle.
FIEC deals with the Directive with regard to the financing of infrastructure maintenance. It is assumed that maintenance expenditure is more resilient to governmental budget changes when being linked to such sources of funding instead of direct government spending. Therefore, FIEC calls for mandatory earmarking of the revenues generated by charging the users for the development of sustainable transport infrastructure. Also, FIEC is in favour of greater transparency as regards the use of tolls and user charges levied.
2017_11_27 FIEC Position_Revised_Eurovignette.pdf