The European Commission referred Germany to the European court of Justice over planned road toll

On the 29th of September, the European Commission referred Germany to the European Court of Justice over planned road toll alleging that it discriminates against foreign drivers.

Author: Gabriela Dimitrova/Friday, September 30, 2016/Categories: Article

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On the 29th of September, the European Commission referred Germany to the European Court of Justice over planned road toll alleging that it discriminates against foreign drivers.

Until now, Germany's Autobahn highways were free of charge. However, in March 2015, the German Parliament introduced a new road charging scheme to charge foreign drivers up to 130 euros a year.

The toll, which was supposed to go into force early this year, would have granted vehicles registered in Germany a corresponding refund through their annual vehicle tax.

According to the European Commission this is considered as a discriminatory step towards foreign vehicles and does not comply with the free movement of goods and services.

“Despite numerous exchanges with the German authorities since November 2014, the Commission’s fundamental concerns have not been addressed. The Commission is therefore referring Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU,” the Commission said in a statement.

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc is expected to propose new legislation on road tolls in spring 2017.

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