Preparations for a car toll are progressing. The Ministry of Transport has awarded the order to control the toll to the Austrian bidder Kapsch, as a spokesman for the ministry said. Two tenders had already been launched before the general election.
Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) announced in an interview that the toll will be introduced in this legislative period – ie until 2021. He told the Munich Mercury: "We have taken a giant step towards technical and organizational implementation."
The car toll was decided in the spring of 2015. An infringement procedure by the European Commission was terminated in May last year. However, Austria is still pending. The government in Vienna sees in the plans a violation of EU law, because foreigners are to be charged more heavily in the use of the motorway.
Scheuer hopes to solve this problem as well. One finds oneself in "constructive discussions over a amicable solution" with Austria, said the Minister of the newspaper. The Federal Ministry of Transport expects revenues of four billion euros per year, of which 500 million by vehicles of foreign owners.
In 2013, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) opposed the introduction of such a toll. It was decided two years later on the initiative of the CSU in the Bundestag. The previous plans provided that the toll will be collected on federal highways and highways. Domestic car drivers are to complete a lower vehicle tax
be relieved. Drivers from abroad are only for highways