Dutch want joint km charge for Benelux

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007 , BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM - Camiel Eurlings, the Dutch minister of transport, should talk to his counterparts in Belgium and Luxembourg about a collective approach to road pricing in the Benelux. The Dutch fear that the different plans of the Netherlands and Belgium could have serious consequences for the competitive position of both countries.

15 October 2007

BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM - Camiel Eurlings, the Dutch minister of transport, should talk to his counterparts in Belgium and Luxembourg about a collective approach to road pricing in the Benelux. The Dutch fear that the different plans of the Netherlands and Belgium could have serious consequences for the competitive position of both countries.

CDA member of parliament Ger Koopmans will today urge fellow party member Eurlings to co-operate with Belgium and Luxembourg, says the Algemeen Dagblad. "If we all introduce different systems, that will not be good for the competitive position of either Rotterdam or Antwerp. We must avoid the implementation of different payment systems and end up with three different road pricing devices in cars," says Koopmans.

PvdA and VVD also want clarification about the consequences of the Flemish plans. The VVD MP Paul de Crom says that minister Eurlings must avoid the risk of Dutch trucks having to pay a kilometre charge in Belgium after having already to pay in Germany.

Eurlings is expected to announce at the end of next month what steps he himself intends to take to initiate the kilometre charge in the Netherlands. As opposed to Flanders, the intention in the Netherlands is that private cars will also be subject to road pricing.

The ministry of transport in The Hague does not yet wish to react. "We are led to believe that the Flemish prime minister will confer with the Dutch government on the subject of road pricing. We’ll wait for that." That discussion should evolve from the consultation which took place last spring between Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and his Flemish counterpart Yves Leterme about the Flemish plans to introduce a road vignet.

Those plans entailed that Dutch car drivers would have to pay EUR 60 per year from 2009 if they want to drive through Belgium. Due to pressure from the Netherlands among others Flanders decided to drop the idea.


[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news/Dutch news


 

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