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Germany's Dobrindt Eyes Car Toll In 2014

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

19 December 2013


Barely had the ink dried on Germany's new Grand Coalition agreement, than Transport Minister designate Alexander Dobrindt has confirmed plans to swiftly introduce a car toll (Pkw-Maut) in Germany.

Speaking in Berlin, Dobrindt made clear that preparations for the charge have already been made, within the framework of the Grand Coalition treaty between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Social Democrat (SPD) parties.

According to the CSU's Dobrindt, the accord gives a clear timeframe for implementation of the measure. Next year, the black-red coalition Government aims to draw up a bill, submit the draft legislation to parliament for examination, and ensure its subsequent adoption.

Germany's incoming coalition Government has pledged to introduce a car toll in Germany, to generate additional revenues for financing transport infrastructure. The alliance nevertheless stipulated in its agreement that the charge must be in accordance with European Union (EU) law, and must not serve to increase the fiscal burden on German motorists.

The controversial plans for a Pkw-Maut have been long since championed by the CSU. Ahead of the September elections, CSU leader Horst Seehofer steadfastly vowed that he would not sign a coalition agreement, unless it contained provision for a car toll.

However, members of the SPD and the CDU already fear that the CSU's plans for a car toll imposed on foreign motorists will merely violate EU law.

TAGS: law | legislation | Germany | European Union (EU) | Europe

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