Martin Daum, Chairman of the ACEA Commercial Vehicle Board and CEO of Daimler Truck AG, wrote a letter to the co-legislators involved in the EU trialogue negotiations for the revision of the Eurovignette Directive, urging them to reach an agreement on this important file under the current Portuguese EU Presidency.
Indeed, as Daum writes, a swift and successful market uptake of low- and zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles will heavily depend on the provisions of this agreement and their implementation by member states.
While the ambition of truck and bus manufacturers is clear, it is important to note that low- and especially zero-emission vehicles will not take off as long as fossil fuel-based options remain cheaper. A coherent, supporting and enabling policy framework is therefore vital to shift key cost factors towards a clear advantage for low- and especially zero‐emission vehicles.
In that respect, the introduction of CO2-based road charging systems in Europe is urgent and of utmost importance. For heavy-duty vehicles, the proposal for a revised Eurovignette Directive is currently the most important piece of legislation and a crucial part of the transition to zero-emission road freight transport.
Click here to read the full letter, addressed to Pedro Nuno Santos, Portuguese Minister of Infrastructure and Housing; Karima Delli MEP, Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee; Giuseppe Ferrandino MEP, member of the Transport Committee; and Adina Vălean, the European Commissioner for Transport.