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EU takes Germany to court over road toll system

Associated Press Associated Press 29/09/2016

BRUSSELS — The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its road-toll system for private vehicles, claiming that the scheme is discriminatory.

The EU's executive arm says German law allows owners of cars registered in the country to have the toll deducted from their annual vehicle tax bill, making the system unfair to road users from other European countries.

It also says that prices for an annual toll sticker for cars registered outside Germany are too high in some cases.

The Commission said in a statement Thursday that the toll system does not comply with the European Union's governing treaties on "non-discrimination based on nationality and the free movement of goods and services."

It said that despite numerous exchanges with German authorities since 2014 its concerns have not been addressed, forcing the Commission to turn to the European Court of Justice.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt welcoming the action, saying it had been delayed for too long.

"The European Court of Justice will confirm that the infrastructure levy conforms to European law," Dobrindt predicted.

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