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Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, June 19, 2015

Dobrindt's road toll must apply for Germans too

The German Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt announced on Thursday that the introduction of the road toll in Germany would be put on ice for the time being. The European Commission has opened infringement proceedings against the toll, arguing that it violates EU law. The liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny can't resist the temptation to gloat: "The German road toll construction was unacceptable right from the start. It would apply to everyone but the Germans would get it back through their road tax, meaning that only foreigners would have to pay up. No one can really criticise the Germans for coming up with a scheme to secure millions in revenues for the country's underfinanced infrastructure. All the neighbouring countries, including the Czech Republic, have a road toll. But it applies to the cars, not to the nationality of the driver. ... Now the Germans are suffering a major fiasco that has considerable damaged the country's image. … But this disaster also offers the opportunity to come up with a normal and simply constructed toll for everyone - for those who live in Germany as well as for foreigners."

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