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EU Court Rules Against Autobahn Tolls

Infra News - Published on Tue, 25 Jun 2019

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The European Court of Justice ruled against the implementation of tolls on German motorways as non-residents would be penalized. The Union's top court ruled that plans to charge highway users was in breach of anti-discrimination laws. Austria, with support from the Netherlands, had argued that the levy is not in line with European agreements, as it singles out EU citizens.

Vienna welcomes decision

Mr Andreas Reichhardt, Austrian Transport Minister said that the judgement was a strong show of support for the bloc's single market. He said that it's a signal of fairness for Europe. I expect that the plans will be scrapped, or that they will have to be adapted in a massive way.

Mr Reichhardt was keen to lend Berlin a helping hand after having positive experiences with Austria's own toll blueprint that applies uniformly to all vehicle holders. We will gladly offer our know-how if requested.

Mr Andreas Scheuer, German Transport Minister, said that the toll was "unfortunately off the table in its current form" but that the ECJ's verdict did not rule against tolls as such "as they exist in more than 20 countries in the EU." He announced a task force to look into possible alternatives.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 25 Jun 2019
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