Frequently asked questions
1) What is a heavy goods vehicle charge?
Dutch and foreign trucks will pay to use Dutch roads on a per-kilometre-driven basis. The motor vehicle tax for trucks will be reduced to the European minimum. The Eurovignette charge will be abolished and replaced by a heavy goods vehicle charge.
2) Why is the government introducing a heavy goods vehicle charge?
The more kilometres trucks drive, the higher the charge they pay. Also, the cleaner and lighter the trucks, the less they have to pay. The government believes that a heavy goods vehicle charge will act as an incentive, encouraging the sector to opt for cleaner trucks and more efficient transport. The net proceeds will be invested in innovative and sustainable measures in the transport sector.
The government also wants foreign trucks driving through the Netherlands to pay a kilometre-based charge for their journey through this country. Dutch trucks travelling through Germany, Belgium and various other European countries are currently doing so, as these countries have already introduced a heavy goods vehicle charge.
3) Which European countries have already introduced a heavy goods vehicle charge?
A heavy goods vehicle charge has already been introduced in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
4) What tariff will the heavy goods vehicle charge involve?
That depends on the truck’s weight and emissions. On average, it will be € 0.149 per kilometre driven. The cleaner and lighter the truck, the lower the charge.
5) Which roads will be subject to the charge?
On almost all motorways, and (based on research and consultations with provincial authorities, municipalities, and water boards) on various major roads and local roads, to minimize any attempts to avoid sections of road that are subject to the charge.
6) How will the heavy goods vehicle charge system work?
Onboard equipment in the vehicle will be used to record the number of kilometers the truck drives, and which roads it uses. The Toll service providers will be responsible for registering and collecting the heavy goods vehicle charge. They will then transfer the money they collect to the Dutch government. Click here for the English animation on the operation of the heavy goods vehicle charge..
7) When will the heavy goods vehicle charge be introduced?
The Heavy Goods Vehicle Charge Programe will be operational in 2024 at the earliest. This is a provisional planning, that will be updated when necessary.
8) How much revenue will the heavy goods vehicle charge generate per year?
On an annual basis, it is estimated that this charge will generate around €600 million in revenue. This will be used to cover the system costs, as well as the reduction in motor vehicle taxes for heavy goods vehicles, the loss of excise duties on fuel, and the loss of the Eurovignette revenue upon ending this charge in the Netherlands. The net proceeds will be used to make the transport sector more sustainable and innovative.
9) Does the polluter pays principle also apply in this case?
Yes. The cleaner and lighter the truck, the less you have to pay per kilometre driven. The tariff charged will depend on the permitted maximum mass of the truck-trailer combination (in kilograms), and the truck’s EURO emission class (environmental classification).
10) How will the money collected be channeled back to the transport sector?
The motor vehicle tax for trucks will be reduced and the Eurovignette charge will be abolished in the Netherlands. The net proceeds will be invested in sustainable and innovative measures. To this end, a multiannual programme will be drawn up every 5 years in close consultation with the sector, in which tangible measures will be presented.
11) What will happen to the road taxes for heavy goods vehicles?
The road tax for heavy goods vehicles will be reduced as much as possible to the European minimum as stated in the Eurovignette directive.
12) What will happen to the Eurovignette charge?
The Eurovignette charge will be abolished in the Netherlands. However, Luxembourg, Sweden and Denmark will continue to operate the Eurovignette charge.
13) Will the charge only apply to Dutch vehicles?
No. For both Dutch and foreign trucks the heavy goods vehicle charge will be charged.
14) How will the heavy goods vehicle charge affect other toll payment schemes?
Trucks will not be charged twice for the same road segment. At the toll roads/tunnels (such as the Westerschelde tunnel, the Kil tunnel, the future Blankenburg connection, and the future ViA15 project), imposing an additional heavy goods vehicle charge would be tantamount to charging twice. Therefore, the heavy goods vehicle charge will not apply to those roads/tunnels.
15) What about privacy?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is applicable here. data will not be kept any longer than is strictly necessary in order to uphold the drivers privacy.