Brussels takes Germany to court over road toll

The European Commission has referred Germany to the European Court of Justice over a planned road toll. Brussels believes that the toll system discriminates against foreign drivers by giving Germans a better deal.

The EU executive on Thursday took Germany to court over the country’s planned road toll system for Autobahn highways, which until now have been free to use for passenger cars.

The German parliament last year approved a draft law to introduce a road user charging system that would have granted vehicles registered in Germany a corresponding deduction from annual car taxes.

The system was set to start this year, but was postponed after Brussels challenged it on the grounds that foreign drivers would have to pay the toll with no compensation, Deutsche Welle suggests.

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