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France cancels plans for a truck vignette

Nov 18, 2015
French Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidal, has announced that the government has abandoned the idea of a heavyweight vignette for trucks over 7.5 tonnes.

The toll sticker in France was expected to cost €500 per year regardless of the number of kilometers travelled and would have applied to the whole road network: regional and national.

The sticker was supposed to replace the revenue expected from the eco tax, and subsequently estimated to raise €95m each year from foreign hauliers.

However, Alain Vidal said the government was faced with the issue of Eurovignette which prohibits the imposition of cumulative tolls and vignettes for a single stretch of road section. Removing all other tolls in France would have been impossible. Great Britain was able to establish a vignette system for trucks in 2014, but unlike France, the toll network was much smaller.

The abandonment of the project will result in an increase of 4 cents per litre on diesel. However, this will only raise around €25m instead of the expected €95m.

Organisation des Transporteurs Routiers Européens (ORTE), which had backed the vignette idea as ‘simple and equitable’, responded to Mr. Vidal’s announcement as “inglorious”.

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