German parliament gives final approval to car toll plan

On the 31st of March 2017, the Bundesrat finally passed Germany's highway toll. After several years of discussions, the government has given final approval to the introduction of a car toll in Germany.

Author: Gabriela Dimitrova/Friday, March 31, 2017/Categories: Article

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On the 31st of March 2017, the Bundesrat finally passed Germany's highway toll. After several years of discussions, the government has given final approval to the introduction of a car toll in Germany.

As of 2019, German car-drivers will pay a toll on all federal roads and highways, while foreign drivers will pay to use the highway network. The price will depend on the size and environmental standards of the car, ranging between 67-130 euros per year. For foreign drivers, short-term vignettes will apply - similar to those in Austria, the Czech Republic or Slovenia. The vignettes will be available on the Internet or at petrol stations.

In order to compensate for the tolls for German drivers, a tax reduction for particularly low-emission vehicles is planned. For this purpose, the Bundestag has passed another law that the Federal Council has also been approved on 31st of March 2017.

The EU's executive Commission argued that Germany's initial plan was discriminatory toward non-German car owners, as it would allow owners of cars registered in Germany to have the toll deducted from annual vehicle tax bills. Under a compromise announced in December 2016, the toll will now take into account how much any car pollutes the environment.
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