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Overall, air pollution is estimated to cause 3 million sick days and 350 000 premature deaths in Europe . Such health effects also have a heavy economic cost – the report ’s authors estimate that the air pollution from HGVs alone costs EEA member countries € 43-46 billion per year, making up almost half of the approximately € 100 billion cost of air pollution from road transport. The 2011 Eurovignette Directive prescribes how EU Member States could incorporate the health costs from air pollution into any charging structure for large roads and motorways. The revenue from such schemes should be invested in sustainable transport, the Directive states. However, adoption of road user charges depends on a decision by individual countries. Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director, said: “European economies rely on transporting goods long distances. But there is also a hidden co...

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