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July 22, 2020

German minister proposes Europe wide motorway tolls

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer reportedly wants to impose an almost blanket motorway toll for cars across Germany and Europe during his country's presidency of the European Union, a draft document seen by the Reuters news agency showed.

By Olly Wehring

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer reportedly wants to impose an almost blanket motorway toll for cars across Germany and Europe during his country's presidency of the European Union, a draft document seen by the Reuters news agency showed.

Within eight years, almost all vehicles on motorways, including lorries, vans and cars, would have to pay tolls, according to the draft for the EU toll directive.

"As regards member states that have already established a charging system, tolls or user charges shall be levied upon all vehicles except coaches and buses," said the document Scheuer wanted German ministries to approve, the news agency said.

That would make it Germany's official proposal for its presidency of the bloc which started on 1 July and runs until the end of the year, Reuters said.

However, some government officials told Reuters that some German ministries wanted to put the project on hold even though a distance based toll is widely seen as a measure to help protect the climate.

It is particularly sensitive for ministries headed by the Social Democrats (SPD), who share power with chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and have long been critical of car tolls, the news agency's report added.

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