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12.10.2017 - Austria prepares legal action

I n the dispute over the German car toll, Austria will bring an action before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The planned introduction of the toll is discriminatory, justified the Austrian Transport Minister Jörg Leichtfried (SPÖ) in Vienna the complaint. The lawsuit has no suspensive effect for the introduction of the toll planned for 2019. This would have to be specifically requested and approved in court.

13.6.2017 - Dobrinth is looking for toll collectors

The preparations for the car toll from 2019 will be carried out by Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) driven forward. Tenders for the collection and control of tolls have now been launched across Europe. The contract terms should be 12 years and can be extended for another three years. Interested companies can register until August 1st, 2017. Their tasks should include the setting of the toll level and the sending of notices to drivers. But also the handling of all payment transactions, dunning procedures and the processing of exception requests and contradictions.

In the next stage of the process, four applicants should then be able to submit their offers. Only after the federal election on September 24th, 2017 will there be an award in the multi-stage award procedure.

May 17, 2017 - EU discontinues tolling system

After concessions by the German government, the EU Commission will give its formal approval for the motorway toll and officially discontinue the toll proceedings against Germany. Now, however, there is a threat of lawsuits from individual EU countries.

24.4.2017 - Ministry of Finance plans route-dependent toll

According to a report by 'Stern', the Ministry of Finance is planning a route-dependent toll. According to the report, this is what the ministry says in a document that is being dealt with by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) or one of his state secretaries. The report is based on a statement by the Federal Audit Office on the reorganization of the finances of the federal and state governments.

The ministry rejected the reports: 'That was neither planned nor politically wanted.' The Ministry of Transport and Finance had accordingly announced that the government does not pursue a route-based toll. Coupling the toll to the route traveled would mean that frequent drivers would have to pay significantly more than previously planned. This would also break a promise: Angela Merkel (CDU) and Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) had assured that the car toll would not make anyone worse off, he saidContinue report.

31.3.2017 - Federal Council allows toll law to pass

The Federal Council has passed the legislative package on car tolls. Although the Laender Chamber had recommendations to call the joint mediation committee, this did not find a majority in the Federal Council and would have delayed the introduction of the car toll over the long term. Some federal states called for improvements, for example toll-free sections in border regions.

Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) has now given up looking for an operator for the mouse system in a Europe-wide tender. Shortly after the vote, Austria announced that it would take legal action against the German car toll by the European Court of Justice.

24.03.2017 - Bundestag passes car toll

The Bundestag has approved the controversial car toll Toll decided on the second attempt. Despite numerous concerns, most of the SPD MPs even agree. Next week the car toll will have to go through the Federal Council. Several federal states have already announced that they will call the mediation committee. This could delay the project to such an extent that it can no longer appear in the legal journal during this electoral term. Austria and the Netherlands have also already announced a lawsuit against the car toll.

16.03.2017 - EU Parliament against car toll

The EU Parliament has also revised the and The federal government's draft bills for the controversial car toll in Germany, largely coordinated with the EU Commission, were firmly rejected. On Wednesday (March 15, 2017), the EU parliamentarians rejected the 'infrastructure charge' because it violated EU law . The new draft law also 'still contains elements that constitute a violation of EU law and violate the basic principles of the treaties,' the resolution said.

The European Parliament criticizes the fact that the revised toll system The system does not provide for any additional burdens for German motorway users. The car toll continues to be 'indirect discrimination on the basis of nationality'.

With the resolution, the MEPs call on the Commission to justify why they have practically approved the amended initiative and oppose a previously initiated infringement procedure Germany suspended. However, the parliamentary resolution has no direct consequences for the toll laws. There has also recently been resistance in the German Bundesrat, which does not have to agree. Neighboring countries like the Netherlands and Austria want to sue if the Toll Act is implemented.

Key data on the planned car toll

Who will have to pay the new infrastructure fee?

All owners of vehicles up to a permissible total weight of 3.5 tons are affected by the car toll. The tax also applies to motorcycles. Vehicles that are wholly or partially exempt from vehicle tax, such asElectric vehicles or vehicles of disabled people are exempted from the infrastructure charge with the same effect.

There is a regulatory gap for vehicles between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes, which according to the current regulations can avoid a toll. The truck toll then applies again from 7.5 tons, but only on motorways and selected federal highways. The truck toll will not be extended to all federal highways until 2018. Trucks would then continue to drive for free on country roads.

Which roads should the tax be used for?

The infrastructure tax should apply to all federal highways -, state and municipal roads are collected.

How high are the costs for the car toll?

On average, the car toll should also include the vehicle owner Charge 88 euros. The maximum rate should be 112.35 euros. A 10-day vignette will cost 10 euros, a two-month vignette 20 euros.

Do I have to pay the toll in addition to the road tax?

German car owners should have the toll amount due offset against their vehicle tax so that there is no additional financial burden.

Where can I get the toll vignette from?

Foreign car owners can purchase the vignette online or at petrol stations. The price for an annual vignette at petrol stations is € 103.04 for petrol and € 112.35 for diesel vehicles, regardless of the technical characteristics of the vehicle. German car owners will automatically receive the vignette.

How is the amount of the toll calculated?

The toll depends on the cubic capacity, year of construction and emission class of the Vehicle.

For vehicles that were registered from July 2009:

For gasoline engines, 2 euros per 100 cc or part thereof are due, for a diesel engine 9.50 euros per 100 cc or part thereof required. The calculation is capped at 5000 cubic centimeters for gasoline vehicles and 1100 cc for diesel vehicles.

Vehicles that were registered before July 2009 pay the amounts provided for the respective pollutant classes per 100 cc displacement, also up to to a fixed cap.

For owners of cars not subject to vehicle tax in Germany and belonging to pollution class 1 or worse, a specific maximum amount is set for a transition period of 10 years, which corresponds to the amount of cars Corresponds to emission class Euro 2. The maximum vignette price to be paid by owners of cars that are not subject to vehicle tax in Germany is thereby limited to 103.04 euros for petrol and 112.35 euros for diesel vehicles.

The assessment also applies to all other vehicles the infrastructure charge is based on the system set out in the Motor Vehicle Tax Act up to a specified maximum amount (e.g. for mobile homes according toEmission class and weight).

How high is the toll revenue and what is it used for?

The Federal Ministry of Transport expects around 4.7 billion euros annually ( gross) income, with around 3.8 billion euros attributable to cars that are subject to vehicle tax in Germany and around 860 million euros to cars registered abroad.

The system costs for owners of cars registered abroad are 8 % of the vignette sales are estimated, for owners of vehicles subject to vehicle tax in Germany to 5% of the vignette sales, because they are required to have an annual vignette and therefore have lower control costs. Overall, the system costs are approx. 260 million euros.

The effectively expected profit of over 600 million euros per year is to flow from the federal budget into the road infrastructure.

Calculation examples for the car Toll

A VW Passat, model year 2012, diesel, 136 CO2 g /km, 1,986 ccm, now costs 242 euros in taxes and will be charged a 104.50 euros car toll from 2016. Similarly, the vehicle tax drops to 137.50 euros. There is no additional charge.

A VW Polo, model year 2013, petrol, 124 CO2 g /km, 1,197 ccm, now costs 52 euros in taxes and will be charged a 24 euros car toll from 2016. Similarly, the vehicle tax drops to 28 euros. There is no additional charge.

A VW Golf, model year 2003, diesel, Euro 3 classification, 1,896 ccm, now costs 293.36 euros in taxes and will be charged a 108.08 euros car toll from 2016 . Similarly, the vehicle tax drops to 185.28 euros. There is no additional charge.

A Honda Jazz, built in 2003, petrol, Euro 4 classification, 1,400 ccm, now costs 94.50 euros in taxes and will be charged a 94.50 euros car toll from 2016 . Similarly, the vehicle tax drops to zero euros. There is no additional burden.

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