Saturday, November 5, 2016

Road tax: Dobrindt expects agreement on passenger Car toll this month – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Federal transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) expects an agreement on the toll for passenger Cars with the EU Commission later this month. “We are moving in a really constructive conversations to each other. I am very confident that we will come in November to reach an agreement,” he told the “Passauer Neue Presse”. The last questions of the EU are clarified Commission, needs to be tackled in the technical implementation, such as the Europe-wide invitation to tender for the toll. The output will be only “in the next legislature”. There will be “no additional burden for domestic motorists,” promised t he Minister.

Austria sees the rapprochement between Brussels and Berlin, however, are more critical. “The impression is that the EU gets Commission on a deal to go to a conflict with Germany out of the way,” said transport Minister Jörg Leichtfried (SPÖ) on Friday. The government in Vienna, will examine the German model to see whether discrimination is present or Europe, illegal points. You try currently the Details of the proposal. “But we reserve the right to continue all the possibilities, up to and including action before the ECJ (European court of justice)”, quoted in “Spiegel Online” on Friday, a spokesman of the Ministry of transport in Vienna.

Oettinger offers advice

to guard the toll-model against those claims, offered to EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) Dobrindt advice by Brussels officials. With the advice of the EU Commission, the legal certainty is likely to be very high, he said the “Rheinische Post”.

The Car toll was a key demand of the CSU in the Bundestag election campaign 2013. The present law, however, ran into resistance in Brussels, because the EU citizens could be at a disadvantage on German roads. After months of dispute, a surprising breakthrough is on the horizon now.

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Arden, The mill-toll revenues

For more than ten years, Germany has a truck toll. Our graphic from Statista shows how high the revenue on the Basis of Numbers, it is Federal office for goods transport (BAG). Since the year 2009 thus amounts to the toll revenue generated by freight traffic since 2009, in a pretty constant a little less than four and a half billion euros. Around 40 percent are currently not licensed in Germany and trucks.


CSU-Chef Horst Seehofer and his party friend Dobrindt praised: “If he succeeds, and it looks good, then we can say: Everything, absolutely everything, what we promised in 2013, the population has been observed, and been realized.”

terms and conditions of the EU-Commission

The Commission is linked to the withdrawal of their lawsuit against the German Car toll to precise conditions. According to information from the German press Agency, specifically, the infrastructure tax act and the motor vehicle tax act. According to Dobrindt is now considered, in conjunction with Brussels over a greater “ecological component” of tolls and changes in short-term Rates for drivers from abroad.

the SPD and the Green doubt, however, that you’ll communicate so quickly. “The CSU should plan better no motorcade through Munich, because there is no breakthrough in the toll,” said SPD party Deputy Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel of the dpa.

The allegation: a foreigner would be at a disadvantage

According to the current plans, drivers to lanes on Federal roads and highways to a maximum of 130 Euro per year pay. This is checked by an electronic balance of the car license plate so there is no classic adhesive Vignette. Residents are to be relieved in return for the Car tax – and to the penny exactly the amount of the toll. The accusation that Brussels was so far, the toll model at a disadvantage to EU-foreigners.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) praised the planned agreement. You very much welcome the fact that Dobrindt with the EU Commission to follow up on a out-of-court solution, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin.

The Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of economy, Volker Wissing (FDP) called for a stop of the Car toll. The project had to be discarded, he said, the Koblenz “Rhein-Zeitung” (Saturday). “The toll model of the Federal government more harm than good.” The Car-weakness tolling the hospitality and the retail trade, in particular in border regions.


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