Road pricing for heavy vehicles: a key for financing road infrastructure? A successful example in Austria

Austria after Switzerland was one of the first countries in Europe to introduce an electronic charging system for heavy vehicles. Germany then followed in 2005, the Czech Republic in 2007 and in 2010 Slovakia and Poland. In adition to its existing concession motorways, France intends to implement an electronic distance-based-user charge system (‘Eco taxe’) for goods vehicles above 3,5 tons on its national road network towards the end of this year.