Germany agrees plans for highway toll after settlement with EUStaff Writer | January 25, 2017
Germany's cabinet approved plans to introduce a highway toll for cars after resolving a dispute with the European Commission that had said the planned charge would discriminate against foreign drivers.
Transportation Vehicles registered in Germany will pay the toll
Vehicles registered in Germany will pay the toll but will get corresponding tax deductions which will decrease for less environmentally friendly cars.
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said the new system was a major change because it shifted financing of roads to the user.
"For domestic drivers, there will be no extra cost. Anyone who has a particularly environmentally friendly vehicle will pay a bit less," he said.
The new charge will take effect after Germany's federal election in September. ■