Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK will need to stop charging truck drivers based on how many days they spend on roads by the end of 2023. The countries will be forced to switch to a toll system that collects money from trucks according to how many kilometres they drive, according to a draft proposal obtained by EURACTIV.com.
The UK is expected to leave the EU in 2019.
Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Germany—which just passed a controversial charging law for cars this spring—will also have to get rid of their stickers that charge passenger vehicles by day, known as vignettes, by the end of 2023.
The Commission has until now only regulated charging rules for trucks. The new proposal is the first EU law affecting how member states charge passenger cars to use roads.
Violeta Bulc, the EU Commissioner in charge of transport policy, is expected to announce the legal changes tomorrow (31 May), along with a new proposal requiring road toll providers to go digital and allow drivers to use one device to pay their way as they travel throughout the EU—without any delays or extra charges at borders, much like the EU law that will get rid of mobile roaming fees within the bloc starting next month.