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Federal cabinet decides on car toll: Car toll can start in 2016

Federal cabinet adopts car toll
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D he bills by Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) regulate toll collection and the corresponding dismissal of domestic car owners through a lower vehicle tax. Thus, an additional burden should be excluded for German car owners.

The car toll bill provides that owners of cars and mobile homes registered in Germany pay the toll for one year. It applies on motorways and federal highways. The amount of the toll depends on the engine size and environmental friendliness. It is a maximum of 130 euros. The sum flows back to toll payers from Germany via the vehicle tax - there are no additional charges for them.

Instead of a paper fee stamp that is stuck to the windshield, an 'electronic' vignette is planned. This means that all toll payers can be recognized by their license plate number, which is registered when the tax is paid. The monitoring of the truck toll works in a similar way.

Owners of vehicles registered abroad can choose between a vignette for ten days, two months or one year on the Internet or at petrol stations. The fee only applies to them on motorways. Domestic car owners, on the other hand, automatically receive an annual vignette, which is debited by the Federal Motor Transport Authority.

The federal government expects half a billion euros a year

Overall, the federal government expects toll revenues of 3.7 billion euros. Most of this, which is paid by domestic vehicle owners at around three billion euros, is offset against the vehicle tax. That leaves the 700 million euros a year for vehicles registered abroad.

This is offset by ongoing operating and personnel costs for the toll system of a good 195 million euros. The bottom line is that there will be additional income of 500 million euros, which will benefit the transport infrastructure for a specific purpose. The construction costs are estimated at a total of 337 million euros.

In the words of Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, the planned infrastructure charge is 'fair, sensible and just'. In this way, every additional euro earned goes towards strengthening the transport routes. In addition, all those who have previously been able to use the roads free of charge will contribute to the financing of the roads. Infrastructure tax and vehicle tax are legally structured in such a way that they exist independently of one another. Therefore, there is no discrimination against foreignersMotorists. The Federal Government is therefore calm about possible objections from the EU. In the run-up to the vote, the EU had reiterated legal concerns about the toll model. The SPD also sees some need for discussion in the further legislative process.

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