German Road Toll Discriminates Against Foreigners - ECJ

Lifestyle & Travel ♦ Published: June 18, 2019; 17:49 ♦ (Vindobona)

The German car toll violates EU law. This was decided by the European Court of Justice in a ruling. This levy is discriminatory, since its economic burden lies practically exclusively on the owners and drivers of vehicles registered in other member states. In Austria, the ruling is received with great pleasure, as the country has won the case through its infringement proceedings.

In Austria, the ruling of the European Court of Justice is received with great pleasure. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / [Public Domain]

The car toll was a prestige project of the German CSU during the 2013 Bundestag election campaign and was to be collected on federal roads and motorways.

In return for toll payments, German motorists would have been completely relieved by a reduction in the motor vehicle tax, but motorists from other member states would not.

Austria therefore brought an action for breach…