Date: a month ago   Category: Auto

The court of the EU recognized as illegal the new road charge in Germany


The initiative about collection from owners of cars of charge for use of the German routes in its current form is discriminating, considered court of the EU. Introduction in Germany of the mandatory road charge for owners of cars violates the law of the European Union. Such decision was made by court of the EU in Luxembourg on Tuesday, June 18. Decrease in an annual automobile tax for the German car owners for the sum corresponding to the road charge is an indirect national origin discrimination, it is told in the judgment. As the authorities of Germany are going to compensate to the German motorists collecting, expenses on use of the German high-speed roads and highways actually lay down only on owners of the cars registered in other EU countries concluded court. He considers that EU countries have the right to change the system of financing of infrastructure by an example of Germany, but at the same time it is impossible to break the ban on discrimination. Introduction of collecting also breaks the principles of freedom of turnover of goods and services as can interfere with access to the German market of products from other EU countries and also lead to increase in expenses on their transportation and, therefore, to increase in prices. The claim of the EU against Germany in October, 2017 Austria filed a lawsuit, the Netherlands also joined the complaint. The side of Germany was supported by Denmark. At the beginning of February the expert of court of the EU – the general lawyer – took out the conclusion in which did not see violation of the European legislation by Berlin. According to him, owners of foreign and German vehicles cannot be compared with each other as residents of other EU countries are not assessed with the German automobile tax. New collecting was planned to be entered into Germany in October, 2020. In the country the corresponding preparations are already conducted, in particular, the government signed contracts with the companies which will have to provide collection from motorists of a fare. According to plans, owners of the automobile cars registered not in Germany have to buy a sticker on glass for a period of 10 days (from 2.5 to 25 euros), two months (7-50 euros) or year (at most 130 euros). Cost depends on an ecological class of the car and volume of its engine. Earlier it became known that in the European Union since 2022 car makers will have to equip cars which are sold in the territory of the EU, "black boxes" and the systems of automatic deduction on a strip. Source: Russian service Deutsche Welle

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