The opinion concerns a socially fair transition towards clean, competitive and connected mobility for all, where the European Commission wishes to secure progress by changing the system for road charging in those places where there are problems; tolls should lead to a drop in emissions, a reduction in congestion and less risk of discrimination between Europeans. The EU Committee of the Regions welcomes this move, as cities and local communities suffer most from the impact of traffic.
However, we will need to tread carefully, because if tolls are not implemented properly it is the local population that will suffer most. This is also a significant issue in our regional and local community, although inappropriate implementation can aggravate problems further where traffic flows out of toll networks onto local roads, with possible negative social consequences.
- 1st discussion and adoption in COTER on 13 December 2017
- Final adoption in Plenary session of 1 February 2018