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FTA warns hauliers to beware of the French Ecotaxe

  • 18 September 2012
  • By Roger Brown

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned British hauliers to be prepared for a new environment tax that anyone using France’s 15,000km government-owned highway network will be forced to pay from June 2013.

Under the distance-based Ecotaxe, French-registered and foreign goods vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes using these roads will need to be equipped with a special GPS device designed to be interoperable with toll systems.

The tax rates for using the roads have not been published, but there will be the option of pre-payment or invoice-based payment. Part of the proceeds will be used to fund environmental projects in France.

James Hookham, MD, policy and communications at the FTA, said: “It seems to be another example of the French applying their own rules, but we’ve got to comply with it unfortunately.”


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