The Eurovignette Directive, which was incorporated into the EEA Agreement on 13 July 2012, establishes a framework for the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of road infrastructure. Adaptations to the Directive, agreed upon by the EEA Joint Committee, ensure that Norway can partly retain the current level of discounts in tolls.
The Eurovignette Directive lays down rules for the application of tolls or user charges on roads on the trans-European road network, and introduces a maximum national discount limit of 13%. Adaptations to the Directive, negotiated between the EEA EFTA countries and the EU, ensure that for frequent users, the existing tolling arrangements on the road network outside south-east Norway can be continued, provided that the share of international heavy goods traffic is below 30%. All other existing tolling arrangements shall comply with the 13% limit set out in the Directive by the end of 2014 at the latest. Furthermore, a higher level of discounts can be applied to new tolling arrangements on roads outside south-east Norway if the share of international traffic is below 5% and in special circumstances, such as the replacement of ferries by bridges or tunnels.