‘German toll collection for private cars not discriminating’
The toll collection for private cars that Germany wants to impose is not discriminating foreign drivers, as is the conclusion of Nils Wahl, an important advisor to the European Court of Justice. According to Wahl, the so-called ‘Maut’ does not go against the European rights. Austria brought the case before court.
The toll for the use of the German ‘Autobahn’ is planned to be introduced by autumn of next year. Price for the vignette depends on the type of engine of the car and the level of pollution. A vignette for ten days costs between 2,5 and 20 euro, price for a year is 130 euro max.
German drivers will be partly compensated for the extra costs, foreign drivers not. There is some ‘misunderstanding’ about the term ‘discrimination’, though, says Wahl. Only German drivers will have to pay the private car tax, not the foreign road users.
Mandatory toll system
Besides, foreign drivers can opt for a vignette that is limited in time, while Germans will have to pay for the whole year.
Austria already has a mandatory toll system but now that the European Court has decided the German system is not discriminating for foreign road motorists, the country country considers a similar toll collection system.