The European Parliament questions the Commission’s approval on Germany’s car toll plan

On the 15th of March the European Parliament approved a resolution, following the European Commission’s decision on Germany’s car toll plan. The resolution calls for more details and clarification on the agreement between Germany and the European Commission.

Author: Gabriela Dimitrova/Wednesday, March 22, 2017/Categories: Article

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On the 15th of March the European Parliament approved a resolution, following the European Commission’s decision on Germany’s car toll plan. The resolution calls for more details and clarification on the agreement between Germany and the European Commission.

The majority of MEPs stated that the revised plan still "does not impose an additional burden on German drivers and therefore maintains an indirect discrimination based on nationality."

The MEPs called the Commission, as guardian of the Treaties, to monitor the correct implementation and application of the law after its adoption. As well as to provide relevant information on its analysis of the new “PKW-Maut” measures presented by the German authorities and their conformity with EU law.

The resolution urges the Commission to consider the revision of the Eurovignette and the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) as an opportunity to monitor and boost proper enforcement.

Background

In March 2015, the German Parliament introduced a new road charging scheme to charge drivers up to 130 euros a year. The toll would have granted vehicles registered in Germany a corresponding refund through their annual vehicle tax. In December 2016, the European Commission and Germany reached a compromise, under which the toll will now take into account how much any car pollutes the environment.

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