In the Netherlands, vehicles or vehicle combinations whose permitted total weight exceeds 12 tons have to pay a road toll when using motorways.
The Dutch road network is part of the Eurovignette, a common road toll system that is currently valid in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden and Denmark. It is a time based system. The distance travelled does not influence the charge per vehicle. Heavy vehicles that transit one of these countries are also required to have a vignette.
When the system was introduced in 1995, Germany and Belgium were also Eurovignette countries. In 2005, Germany introduced an own distance based truck toll system.
Since April 2016, the Eurovignette is no longer valid in Belgium. The Belgian government employs a separate truck toll system. The introduction of the system has led to increased transport costs for international and transit shipments. The Netherlands are especially affected because of the close trade relations within the Benelux region.