Luxembourg considers its own vignette road toll as it emerges the subject is under consideration for the whole of Europe. Plus, more details on the upcoming German ‘foreigner vignette’.
Also, an exciting pair of Porsche 911s will contest next month’s Rallye de France. New road signs to tackle rise of new road signs in the Netherlands. Minor traffic fines may not be issued in Belgium next week. More money for Italian roads. New fuel rules increase freight rates at Stena Line.
LUXEMBOURG CONSIDERS VIGNETTE ROAD TOLL
Calls for Europe-wide approach but EC says no. More details on German foreigner vignette.
Luxembourg is considering its own vignette road toll.
The news comes after an ‘informal meeting’ of three EU transport ministers in Munich yesterday with the architect of the German ‘foreigner vignette’ Alexander Dobrindt.
Afterwards, Luxembourg infrastructure minister Francois Bausch told wort.lu, ‘We need to think about how to deal with this, in order to avoid Luxembourg coming in second.’
He also called for a ‘Europe-wide solution to road taxes’ since, apparently, ‘an increasing number of countries are considering such a move’.
It also emerged that, in border areas, the German foreigner vignette will only apply to motorways and national highways, and that it will be made ‘less discriminatory’ for foreigners by changes to the payment system and German road tax. A revised bill is due in October.
Earlier this month Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel described the German road charging plans as ‘contrary to the idea of Europe’. He also hinted the Duchy would introduce its own version though this was later strenuously denied by his spokesman in a long twitter exchange with journalists.
However, a few days before, following another ‘informal meeting’ of transport ministers in Milan – of all EU countries this time – outgoing European Commission Transport Commissioner @SiimKallas tweeted, ‘Yes to more road charging for stable infrastructure funding; in fair terms. No to single EU-wide road tax.’
It seemed a strange comment to make at the time since road charging was not on the agenda, and was not referred to in the statement issued afterwards.
roundup: NETHERLANDS. New road signs will tackle the ‘unrestrained growth’ in road signs say the transport minister. What she means is new standardised signs will be brought in next year to tidy up ad-hoc notices used locally. Read up on the current crop of Dutch road signs, in English, here. BELGIUM. Minor traffic fines may not be imposed next week as part of an on-going dispute over retirement benefits between police and employers. However, speed cameras will still operate and serious offences will be prosecuted. Will update. ITALY. Roads agency ANAS will receive a windfall €1.552m to spend on modernising and upgrading safety on its 25,000km network reports Agi.it, part of the ‘Sblocca Italia – Unblock Italy’ major infrastructure spending initiative. We hope they mean €1.5bn, we did ask, but even that will not go very far… CROSSING THE CHANNEL. Freight rates will increase by 15% next year as new low-sulphur rules due 1 January add €110,000 per day to the fuel bill Stena Line said in a statement today. There’s no word yet on how passenger fares will be affected.