The Dutch government has decided to implement truck tolls from 2023 for trucks over 3.5 tonnes. The charge is estimated to increase the total cost of trucking in the Netherlands by a minimum €400M and possibly as much as €900M
These estimates are based upon the amount of €0.15 per kilometre that has unofficially been hinted, being the average of what is charged in Germany and Belgium, and on the roads where the toll will likely apply. The government has yet to decide on the scope of the toll as regards the road network - which national B-roads, regional roads or even local roads will be involved.
EVOFenedex, the Dutch shippers’ association told worldcargonews online that it reckons aggregate road transport in the Netherlands - that is, Dutch and foreign-registered trucks above 3.5 tonnes - will bear an annual cost increase of €650M. The Dutch treasury anticipated annual income of €600M if the toll applies to motorways only, and €1.1B if it includes all national and regional roads, minus the annual €200M that the Eurovignette and road tax from Dutch trucks jointly currently yield per year. All estimates still based upon an assumed charge of the €0.15/kilometre.
As has been urged by the Dutch trucking sector, toll revenues will partly be ploughed back into initiatives to ‘green’ road transport and to fund innovation. In addition, EVOFenedex understands that road tax for Dutch trucks might be reduced by an aggregate of €100M annually, partly to offset the toll.
The association is urgently calling for official confirmation from The Hague that any truck will qualify for the compensation scheme, including those owned by manufacturers and trading companies, and not just those operated by hauliers for hire and reward.
The latter group are represented by TLN, while EVOFenedex’s membership includes companies with their own in-house trucking services. This is indicated by the EVO acronym in the Dutch language.