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2017/0115(CNS) Charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures: vehicle taxation

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN CLUNE Deirdre (icon: PPE PPE) ȚAPARDEL Claudia (icon: S&D S&D), VAN DALEN Peter (icon: ECR ECR), RIQUET Dominique (icon: ALDE ALDE), CARTHY Matt (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), CRAMER Michael (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), PAKSAS Rolandas (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion ECON FERBER Markus (icon: PPE PPE) Pervenche BERÈS (icon: S&D S&D), Paloma LÓPEZ BERMEJO (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Ramon TREMOSA i BALCELLS (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion ENVI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 113

Events

2018/09/12
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2018/07/04
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/07/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted, by 492 votes to 108, with 82 abstentions, following the consultation procedure, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, as regards certain provisions on vehicle taxation.

The proposal seeks to amend Directive 1999/62/EC so as to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight of above 12 tonnes.

Parliament approved the Commission proposal subject to amendments.

More flexibility for Member States : Members seek to offer Member States more scope to reduce their vehicle tax rates in order to support the introduction of distance-based tolls and avoid any possible administrative burdens. To this end, they propose to reduce the minimum rates of taxation in a single step, starting on 1 January 2024, instead of the gradual reduction of five steps as proposed by the Commission. This would give Member States as much flexibility as possible to decide on the level of reduction and the speed of its implementation.

According to the amended text, the gradual reduction of the vehicle tax on heavy goods vehicles applied by a Member State shall be fully compensated by additional revenues generated by its toll system.

Polluting vehicles : one amendment also stressed that Member States should be encouraged to dismantle any contradictory tax incentives that discourage low-emission mobility and subsidise inefficient and polluting vehicles, like company diesel cars.

Documents
2018/06/05
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted, following the consultation procedure, the report by Deirdre Clune (EPP, IE) on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, as regards certain provisions on vehicle taxation.

The proposal seeks to amend Directive 1999/62/EC so as to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight of above 12 tonnes.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament approve the Commission proposal subject to amendments.

Members seek to offer Member States more scope to reduce their vehicle tax rates in order to support the introduction of distance-based tolls and avoid any possible administrative burdens. To this end, they propose to reduce the minimum rates of taxation in a single step, starting on 1 January 2024 , instead of the gradual reduction of five steps as proposed by the Commission.

The gradual reduction of the vehicle tax on heavy goods vehicles applied by a Member State shall be fully compensated by additional revenues generated by its toll system.

One amendment also stresses that Member States should be encouraged to dismantle any contradictory tax incentives that discourage low-emission mobility and subsidise inefficient and polluting vehicles, like company diesel cars.

Documents
2018/05/24
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/04/26
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/03/13
   FR_ASSEMBLY - Contribution
Documents
2018/02/22
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/02/01
   CofR - Committee of the Regions: opinion
Documents
2017/12/20
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/10/23
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2017/10/18
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2017/10/05
   EP - FERBER Markus (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ECON
2017/08/04
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2017/07/27
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2017/07/13
   NL_CHAMBER - Contribution
Documents
2017/07/03
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2017/06/30
   EP - CLUNE Deirdre (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2017/05/31
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/05/31
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/05/31
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight of above 12 tonnes.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Directive.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

BACKGROUND: Directive 1999/62/EC (the Eurovignette Directive) provides the legal framework for the charging heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) for the use of certain roads. It sets the minimum levels of vehicle taxes for HGVs.

Annual vehicle taxes are payments linked to the fact that the vehicle is registered on behalf of the taxpayer during a given period. Vehicle taxes are not effective when it comes to incentivising cleaner and more efficient operations, or reducing congestion. Tolls, on the other hand, being directly linked to road-use, are considerably better fitted to achieve these objectives.

The application of vehicle taxes represents a cost the industry must so far bear in any event, even if tolls were to be levied by Member States. Therefore, vehicle taxes may act as an obstacle to the introduction of tolls .

Therefore, the Commission considered that Member States should be afforded more scope to lower vehicle taxes .

This proposal is part of the Commission's effort to create an Energy Union, and of a series of proposals related to low-emission transport. It is presented together with another proposal which intends to promote the application of tolls, i.e. a form of road charging that is related to the distance travelled.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the option chosen is the one which includes the variation of charges for light vehicles according to their CO2 and pollutant emissions. This variation may be complemented with the requirement of external cost charging on at least part of the network for heavy duty vehicles and the phasing-out of time-based charging for light vehicles over a sufficiently long period.

CONTENT: the proposal seeks to amend Directive 1999/62/EC to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight above 12 tonnes. It implies reducing the minima set out in Directive 1999/62/EC.

In order to minimise the risk of distortions of competition between transport operators established in different Member States, such reduction should be gradual .

The Commission considers that the reduction in vehicle tax paid for the use of HGVs by hauliers (which are all SMEs, and in most cases micro-enterprises) could serve as a compensation for potentially increasing road charges related to the application of distance-based schemes.

Documents

Votes

A8-0200/2018 - Deirdre Clune - Am 3=17= 04/07/2018 11:55:43.000

2018/07/04 Outcome: +: 499, -: 122, 0: 62
DE IT ES PL RO FR PT HU EL AT IE SK SE CZ BG SI MT LV BE CY LU NL FI LT DK ?? HR EE GB
Total
93
64
45
46
29
70
20
19
19
17
10
12
16
19
17
8
6
6
21
5
6
24
13
9
12
1
10
6
59
icon: PPE PPE
198

Sweden PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

3

Lithuania PPE

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
180
4

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
48

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
45

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1
icon: NI NI
16

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

France NI

Against (1)

1

Hungary NI

For (1)

1

Denmark NI

1

NI

For (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

3
icon: EFDD EFDD
37

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
32

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1
2

Belgium ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4
icon: ECR ECR
64

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Greece ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden ECR

2

Czechia ECR

Against (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Latvia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Finland ECR

2

Lithuania ECR

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1

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1
icon: ALDE ALDE
62
4

Romania ALDE

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1

Portugal ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

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1

Sweden ALDE

3

Slovenia ALDE

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1

Latvia ALDE

1

Luxembourg ALDE

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1

Denmark ALDE

2

Croatia ALDE

2

Estonia ALDE

3

United Kingdom ALDE

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1

A8-0200/2018 - Deirdre Clune - proposition de la Commission 04/07/2018 11:55:56.000

2018/07/04 Outcome: +: 492, -: 108, 0: 82
DE FR IT ES RO PL BG CZ HU PT BE IE EL NL FI SK SE HR LT SI MT LU EE LV CY DK AT ?? GB
Total
93
70
64
44
29
46
17
19
19
20
21
10
19
24
13
12
16
10
9
8
6
6
6
6
5
12
17
1
59
icon: PPE PPE
198

Sweden PPE

2

Lithuania PPE

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Denmark PPE

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
179

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
62

Romania ALDE

For (1)

1

Portugal ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3

Latvia ALDE

1

Denmark ALDE

2

United Kingdom ALDE

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
45

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Czechia GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

4

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

3

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1
icon: ENF ENF
32

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1
2

Belgium ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4
icon: NI NI
16

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

France NI

Against (1)

1

Hungary NI

For (1)

1

Denmark NI

1

NI

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

3
icon: ECR ECR
64

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Finland ECR

2

Sweden ECR

2

Croatia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Latvia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

Abstain (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
37

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
48

Italy Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1
3

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Croatia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5
AmendmentsDossier
64 2017/0115(CNS)
2018/02/22 TRAN 32 amendments...
source: 616.845
2018/03/08 ECON 32 amendments...
source: 619.089

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  • date: 2017-05-31T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2017/0276/COM_COM(2017)0276_EN.pdf title: COM(2017)0276 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2017&nu_doc=0276 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight of above 12 tonnes. PROPOSED ACT: Council Directive. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion. BACKGROUND: Directive 1999/62/EC (the Eurovignette Directive) provides the legal framework for the charging heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) for the use of certain roads. It sets the minimum levels of vehicle taxes for HGVs. Annual vehicle taxes are payments linked to the fact that the vehicle is registered on behalf of the taxpayer during a given period. Vehicle taxes are not effective when it comes to incentivising cleaner and more efficient operations, or reducing congestion. Tolls, on the other hand, being directly linked to road-use, are considerably better fitted to achieve these objectives. The application of vehicle taxes represents a cost the industry must so far bear in any event, even if tolls were to be levied by Member States. Therefore, vehicle taxes may act as an obstacle to the introduction of tolls . Therefore, the Commission considered that Member States should be afforded more scope to lower vehicle taxes . This proposal is part of the Commission's effort to create an Energy Union, and of a series of proposals related to low-emission transport. It is presented together with another proposal which intends to promote the application of tolls, i.e. a form of road charging that is related to the distance travelled. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the option chosen is the one which includes the variation of charges for light vehicles according to their CO2 and pollutant emissions. This variation may be complemented with the requirement of external cost charging on at least part of the network for heavy duty vehicles and the phasing-out of time-based charging for light vehicles over a sufficiently long period. CONTENT: the proposal seeks to amend Directive 1999/62/EC to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight above 12 tonnes. It implies reducing the minima set out in Directive 1999/62/EC. In order to minimise the risk of distortions of competition between transport operators established in different Member States, such reduction should be gradual . The Commission considers that the reduction in vehicle tax paid for the use of HGVs by hauliers (which are all SMEs, and in most cases micro-enterprises) could serve as a compensation for potentially increasing road charges related to the application of distance-based schemes.
  • date: 2017-07-03T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2018-05-24T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2018-06-05T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2018-0200&language=EN title: A8-0200/2018 summary: The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted, following the consultation procedure, the report by Deirdre Clune (EPP, IE) on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, as regards certain provisions on vehicle taxation. The proposal seeks to amend Directive 1999/62/EC so as to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight of above 12 tonnes. The committee recommended that the European Parliament approve the Commission proposal subject to amendments. Members seek to offer Member States more scope to reduce their vehicle tax rates in order to support the introduction of distance-based tolls and avoid any possible administrative burdens. To this end, they propose to reduce the minimum rates of taxation in a single step, starting on 1 January 2024 , instead of the gradual reduction of five steps as proposed by the Commission. The gradual reduction of the vehicle tax on heavy goods vehicles applied by a Member State shall be fully compensated by additional revenues generated by its toll system. One amendment also stresses that Member States should be encouraged to dismantle any contradictory tax incentives that discourage low-emission mobility and subsidise inefficient and polluting vehicles, like company diesel cars.
  • date: 2018-07-04T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=31244&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2018-07-04T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2018-0289 title: T8-0289/2018 summary: The European Parliament adopted, by 492 votes to 108, with 82 abstentions, following the consultation procedure, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, as regards certain provisions on vehicle taxation. The proposal seeks to amend Directive 1999/62/EC so as to allow Member States to gradually reduce annual taxes applied to heavy goods vehicles having a maximum permissible laden weight of above 12 tonnes. Parliament approved the Commission proposal subject to amendments. More flexibility for Member States : Members seek to offer Member States more scope to reduce their vehicle tax rates in order to support the introduction of distance-based tolls and avoid any possible administrative burdens. To this end, they propose to reduce the minimum rates of taxation in a single step, starting on 1 January 2024, instead of the gradual reduction of five steps as proposed by the Commission. This would give Member States as much flexibility as possible to decide on the level of reduction and the speed of its implementation. According to the amended text, the gradual reduction of the vehicle tax on heavy goods vehicles applied by a Member State shall be fully compensated by additional revenues generated by its toll system. Polluting vehicles : one amendment also stressed that Member States should be encouraged to dismantle any contradictory tax incentives that discourage low-emission mobility and subsidise inefficient and polluting vehicles, like company diesel cars.
procedure
reference
2017/0115(CNS)
title
Charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures: vehicle taxation
subject
type
CNS - Consultation procedure
subtype
Legislation
instrument
legal_basis
Treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU 113
Modified legal basis
Rules of Procedure EP 159
stage_reached
Awaiting final decision
dossier_of_the_committee
TRAN/8/10067