House Transport Committee members on Thursday will begin debate on a new bill providing for road tolls to incentivize switch to cleaner trucks, Philenews reports.
Specifically, the EU-member island’s hauliers will slash their costs by driving trucks that reduce carbon and air pollution under the proposed new tolling system.
At the same time, emissions-free trucks will get at least half off road tolls while fossil-fuel trucks will be charged based on their CO2 emissions and air pollution with more efficient heavy-goods vehicles paying less.
The new law – once approved – will speed up the transition to zero-emissions freight and help clean up the air we breathe.
Moreover, the bill will hand the Transport Minister the power to set a date beyond which polluting vehicles, such as old-style diesel vehicles, won’t be allowed to be registered.
Road transport in Cyprus is responsible for about 50% of greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2) compared to activities not included in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
This translates into about two million tonnes per year. Cyprus’ target is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 24% by the year 2030 compared to those recorded in 2005.
Trucks are responsible for 23% of the EU’s CO2 emissions from road transport and, according to latest data, more than 20% of road vehicle NOx emissions.