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Parliamentary questions
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5 February 2019
P-000688-19
Question for written answer P-000688-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Wim van de Camp (PPE)

 Subject:  Hefty fines payable by Dutch road hauliers in Belgium for ‘evading’ tolls

On 1 April 2016, Belgium introduced distance-based tolls for road haulage. Since then, Dutch hauliers have increasingly been fined for failing to pay tolls in Belgium.

According to the trade association Transport Logistiek Nederland (TLN), the problem is caused by poorly functioning toll boxes in trucks. These boxes are supposed to arrange automatic payment of tolls when trucks pass road charging points. However, it is not always clear when the toll box loses its connection and a toll is therefore not paid, as a result of which drivers are fined for supposedly evading tolls. These fines — ranging from EUR 1 000 per day up to as much as EUR 150 000 — have to be paid immediately when an inspection is carried out. Until the public authorities receive the money, the truck cannot be driven.

This problem does not only apply to Dutch drivers. It is possible that drivers from other Member States are also being fined in a similar way.

1. Is the Commission aware of the large numbers of swingeing fines being imposed in Belgium for ‘failure’ to pay tolls due to poorly functioning toll boxes?

2. Do similar problems exist in other Member States?

3. Is the Commission willing to raise the issue with the Belgian and/or Walloon authorities in order to find a solution to the problems arising under the current EETS Directive, so as to avoid undesirable situations when the new EETS Directive is introduced?

Original language of question: NL 
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