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WorldEU court declares Germany's highway tolls illegal

15:40  18 june  2019
15:40  18 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers The case was brought by Austria, which complained that the levies of up to 130 euros (6) a year are discriminatory and therefore illegal under EU law.

Austria is asking the European Court of Justice to declare planned highway tolls in Germany illegal , arguing that the charges discriminate based on nationality. The European Commission rejected an earlier version of the toll scheme on the same grounds Austria is citing in its court challenge.

EU court declares Germany's highway tolls illegal© Provided by The Associated Press File---Picture taken June 14, 2019 shows cars and trucks driving on a highway just before the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers from other European Union countries.

The Luxembourg court's ruling means Germany will have to drop or revise its highway toll system.

The case was brought by Austria, which complained that the levies of up to 130 euros ($146) a year are discriminatory and therefore illegal under EU law.

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Going by car to a European country and do not know how to pay fees for crossing roads and motorway sections? On this page we have better clarity around the web tolls . eu prepared a complete list of individual European states divided into categories according to the method of levying tolls .

Tolls . eu is a website whose goal is to build a complete overview of prices paid road sections in Europe . Here you will find listings of prices vignettes and charges for individual states, including maps highlighting the toll . When traveling in unfamiliar international locations you can use to plan your

All motorists have to pay the toll according to their vehicle's size and engine type, but German taxpayers can file for refunds.

The European Commission initially rejected the toll system on similar grounds to those Austria cited in its court challenge, but later approved an amended version that was intended to address its concerns.

Austrian Transport Minister Andreas Reichhardt applauded the ruling not as a victory for his country, but for the European Union as a whole.

"Since I'm a staunch European I think that this ruling of the EU court of justice is truly a good day for the European Union and community," he told reporters in Vienna. "This is also a clear signal of fairness for Europe."

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