• Everything you need to know about the Heavy Vehicle Transit Tax (the replacement of the “Eco-Taxe”)

    What are the objectives?

    • To reduce the environmental impacts of the road freight transport.
    • To rationalise the road transport on medium and short distances.
    • To generate resources to fund new infrastructures needed to develop intermodal transport.

    Who does it affect?

    The transit tax will apply to any heavy goods vehicles (HGV), French or foreign, whose tractor unit weighs more than 3.5 metric tons using the 4000km network designated by the State.

    Exonerations are planned for farm vehicles, milk collection vehicles as well as fairground and circus vehicles.

    Planned schedule?

    The French Government announced on 9th October 2014 that the introduction of the eco tax is postponed indefinitely.

    How does it work?

    All HGV will need to be equipped with a mandatory GPS system if using the designated network. This tracking device will work out the vehicles mileage and an invoice will be made out accordingly.

    Which roads will be affected?

    4000km of national and local roads with an average traffic of more than 2500 HGV a day.

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    How much will it cost?

    On average 13€ct/Km depending on the number of wheels and the carbon emissions of the vehicle (EURO class)

    It is estimated that international and national trips will cost an extra 2% (as opposed to 5.2% of the old “Eco-Taxe” system)

    How will the tax be collected?

    The French government will be engaging discussions with Ecomouv’ in order to organise the data collection using the mandatory GPS tracking devices.

    As of yet, no information has been provided as to the means of payment.

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