• EU proposes introduction of pollution-related charges

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EU proposes introduction of pollution-related charges

Feb 12 2009

A new set of road charges could be introduced within the EU as a group of MPs have voted in favour of the move, it has emerged.

The passing of the regulations would mean that EU states could impose their own taxes upon lorries and heavy duty vehicles using major roads.

If they are introduced, road users could see a three per cent rise in costs.

However, charges would be dictated by how environmentally friendly each vehicle is, with charges being lowered during off-peak hours.

According to El Khadraoui, the politician heading up the bill, the directive is designed to make road transport more sustainable.

"The revenues […] are to be used to mitigate the negative environmental effects of lorries. This should lead to a significant reduction of noise, air pollution and congestion," he explained.

One country that may benefit from improved air quality measures is Scotland, it has been reported.

According to a report from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, pollution levels in some Scottish cities have risen by over 50 per cent within the last year.


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