The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) is working on the implementation of a truck charge. The introduction of the truck tax has two objectives. First making domestic and foreign freight traffic pay for the use of the road through the conversion of a fixed tax (motor vehicle tax and Eurovignette) into one variable charge where payment is made per driven kilometer. The second goal is making the Dutch transport sector more sustainable and innovative. For this, the income from the truck levy is channeled back to the sector, in addition to a reduction of the motor vehicle tax on trucks.

The revised Eurovignette Directive entered into force on 24 March last year (Directive (EU) 2022/362 amending Directive 1999/62/EC). The Eurovignette Directive contains the European framework for road pricing for both passenger and freight traffic and sets conditions and restrictions on the level and differentiation of tolls and user charges (vignettes). The revised guideline must be implemented. This happens through an amendment of the Truck Levy Act.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has commissioned Revnext to evaluate the possible choices for the adjusting the rates for the truck levy on the basis of the revised Eurovignette Directive and to map out its effects. Various variants have been explored by Revnext. In the new structure, the rates for the truck levy consist of two parts: an infrastructure levy and an external cost levy. These two components together form the total rate of the truck levy.

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