Brussels, 29 October 2009
Commission takes Portugal to the Court of Justice for infringing EU legislation on road charging
The European Commission decided today to lodge a case to the Court of Justice over Portugal's failure to transpose into its national law common rules on charging heavy goods vehicles.
Directive 2006/38/EC 1 (the "Eurovignette" directive) sets common rules on distance-related tolls and time-based user charges for goods vehicles (above 3.5 tonnes) for the use of certain road infrastructure. The directive is aimed at ensuring the proper functioning of the internal market in commercial road transport and fair competition by applying principles of fair and efficient pricing for the use of transport infrastructure.
Although Member States were obliged to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the directive no later than 10 June 2008, Portugal has not yet notified the transposition of the directive into national law
Directive 2006/38/EC (OJ L 157/8 of 9 July 2006) amending Directive 99/62/EC (OJ L 187/42 of 20 July 1999) on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures.