Competition is not fair between road and rail.
Railways pay distance-based charges everywhere in the EU (100% tolling by EU law), covering at least the direct cost of infrastructure use, plus often a markup.
By contrast, even for major roads (motorways and other main roads), charges (vignettes or tolls) are currently only applied to trucks on about 20-25% of the network in Europe. Even less for passenger transport.
So competition is not fair between road and rail.
As outlined in this summary sheet, CER welcomes several elements of the Commission’s recent proposal on road charging (Eurovignette) but calls for improvement on others.
Known as the voice of European railways, CER ́s role is to represent the interests of its members by actively providing an input to EU policy, in particular, to support an improved business and regulatory environment for European railway undertakings and infrastructure managers.
“Road charging / Revising the Eurovignette Directive” is the last released of the serie “Facts and figures” published by CER and produced in close relation with the communication agency Page in extremis.
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