Car toll in Germany: ECJ/U Committee
The Bundestag’s committee of inquiry into the failed passenger car toll presented its final report in June 2021. >> More on the subject of car tolls
Since the ECJ declared the passenger car toll in Germany to be illegal, politicians, including German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, have been arguing about responsibility in the committee of inquiry. The final report will be available in June 2021. This article will be updated continuously.
The committee of inquiry has Mid-July 2021 presented its final report on the investigation into the actions of Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer in connection with the failed passenger car toll. The report states that the possibility that the passenger car toll could fail completely before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is “of greater importance” when weighing up the risks would have had to come. Scheuer’s consideration of the advantages and disadvantages before signing the agreement was “justifiable”, however, legally speaking, a later signing would also have been possible. The “case of a lie, deliberate concealment or manipulation” could not have been credibly proven to the ministry or the minister. The final report also includes a joint special vote by the opposition parliamentary groups of the FDP, the Greens and the Left, as well as a special vote by the AfD party. In the letter, the parliamentary groups express massive criticism of Andreas Scheuer, which is also aimed at the premature conclusion of the operator contracts at the end of 2018 without final legal certainty. In the Bundestag, Chairman Udo Schiefner (SPD) commented on the outcome of the committee of inquiry: “Many things went through official channels, important issues were clarified verbally. This was reckless in view of the obvious risks.” CDU deputy Nina Warken classifies the final report as exculpatory for Scheuer, because even if mistakes had been made in the executive action, would be “but just no reproachable misconduct” to recognize. More on the topic: This is the toll control column
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Investigations by the committee of inquiry& Dispute over the passenger car toll (chronology)
Following renewed furor over the role of German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) in the handling of the failed passenger car toll in Germany, the Bundestag’s Committee of Inquiry on the 15. April 2021 convenes for a special session. The opposition had demanded the meeting. The background is that Scheuer had refused to cooperate with an investigator appointed by the Bundestag’s investigative committee, according to a letter from Scheuer’s lawyer. The opposition accuses Scheuer of trying to conceal something that. Jurg Cezanne, chairman of the Left Party, said: “A little cooperation would be a good thing for Minister Scheuer. If he had put half as much energy into clearing up the matter as he did into the backroom deals surrounding the toll, there would probably be no need for special sessions at all.” Meanwhile, Union chairman Ulrich Lange (CSU) defended Scheuer: “It is the right of Federal Minister Scheuer to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed rights as a Member of the Bundestag in this way.” Lange went on to say that he assumed that the consultation meeting would be a regular meeting of the investigative committee and not a special meeting. The cooperation involved a review of Scheuer’s e-mail inboxes, available to him as a member of the Bundestag, by the investigating officer Jerzy Montag. Montag wrote to the chairman of the investigative committee that he no longer saw any possibility of acting as an investigator.
Even after Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) End of January 2021 As the last witness to testify for around ten hours in the committee of inquiry into the failed passenger car toll in Germany, many questions remain unanswered. The opposition parties, the Greens, the FDP and the Left, are now hoping for answers from the communication via Scheuer’s e-mail inboxes and have achieved success in this regard before the Federal Court of Justice (BGH). In the decision of an investigating judge, it is stated that the investigative committee must gather evidence by requesting the president of the Bundestag to submit log files. This involves three MPs accounts of Scheuer. An appeal against the decision is admissible and the Federal Court of Justice will decide on it, the decision continues. The opposition suspects that Scheuer did not submit all relevant communications on the failed car toll via email inboxes. In their view, the log files should allow conclusions to be drawn about the type, frequency, duration and participants of e-mail traffic. Committee chairman Udo Schiefner (SPD) said he would thoroughly evaluate the BGH’s 25-page decision and then discuss further steps. FDP chairman Christian Jung said that the log files for the MdB accounts of Scheuer and his MdB staff could now be evaluated. Scheuer would now also have to cooperate immediately with the investigative commissioner appointed by the investigative committee. Union chairman Ulrich Lange (CSU), on the other hand, said accusations against the minister had not been confirmed at any point. Scheuer is “clearly exonerated. He has implemented laws stringently. In his testimony, the Federal Minister of Transport himself also defended his controversial approach to the failed passenger car toll and denied the accusations. One thing is certain: Even more than a year after the investigative committee began its work, the process of coming to terms with the failed car toll in Germany is far from over.
German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has comprehensively defended his approach to the failed passenger car toll in Germany against criticism. In the course of his testimony on 28. January 2021 In his opening statement to the Bundestag investigative committee, he repeatedly emphasized that he had, “to the best of his knowledge and belief,” treated the residual legal risk as a priority acted. He also said that all his decisions were guided by the good of the federal government and that he had a “clear legal, budgetary and political implementation mandate” when he took office in March 2018 for the passenger car toll found. “This order was binding for me”, according to Scheuer. The minister also again rejected accusations that the legal risks had not been sufficiently taken into account neither in concluding contracts with toll-operating companies at the end of 2018 nor ahead of a pending ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In December 2018, he said, he had made a “decision to weigh the pros and cons” had to meet, Scheuer explained. One option would have been to conclude a contract for a project that had been comprehensively examined from a legal and economic point of view and would have earned the federal government hundreds of millions of euros. The other option would have been to have a “minimal” to treat the legal residual risk as a priority and not to close the contract, but to accept the loss of revenue for the federal government. Scheuer said that, from today’s perspective, he would decide the same way again. The CSU politician also reiterated that the toll had been a project broadly supported by the grand coalition at the time and had been passed twice by the Bundestag and Bundesrat. Even in the negotiations on the Jamaica coalition that ultimately fell through in 2017, it had been agreed with the FDP and the Greens that the toll would be continued. The Greens and FDP in particular are now accusing Scheuer of failing to.
Former German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (SCU) has rejected accusations that he shares responsibility for the failure of the passenger car toll in Germany. During his testimony to the Bundestag investigative committee on 14. January 2021 he referred to a compromise reached with the EU Commission at the end of 2016 on the German passenger car toll model. The Commission has “a stamp of approval” Dobrindt said that the evidence provided for conformity with European law was. The toll could have been implemented with it. The ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which “wiped the slate clean” of the tolls had surprised him very much. And referring to his successor in office, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), Dobrindt said he had borne political responsibility during his time as federal minister. but that each minister is responsible for his or her own decision. The opposition, on the other hand, continues to see Dobrindt as partly responsible for the failure of the passenger car toll. The toll laws were passed through the Bundestag and Bundesrat under his leadership, it was said it. FDP chairman Christian Jung, for example, said Dobrindt had shifted the entire political responsibility for the passenger car toll disaster onto Scheuer. Green Party chairman Oliver Krischer spoke of clear “cracks” in the CSU building, there were discernible departures from Scheuer. Dobrindt’s argument that the Commission has a “carte blanche” under European law is wrong was far-fetched and had already been refuted by a witness. Former head of cabinet of ex-EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, had testified that the EU Commission’s termination of infringement proceedings against Germany on passenger car tolls in 2017 was no guarantee of legal certainty. Krischer said that with his statement, Dobrindt had attempted to cover up his own responsibility as the “architect of the toll” to push away.
Shortly before former Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) and former State Transport Secretary Gerhard Schulz testified as witnesses in the Bundestag’s investigative committee on the failed passenger car toll, e-mails from current Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) again caused an uproar. As “Der Spiegel” on 14. January 2021 reported, Scheuer is to meet on 31 December. December 2018had Schulz inform him via a private email address, outside official channels, about the toll agreement concluded the day before. Officially, he received only scanty information. According to the report, he allegedly did not disclose the post office box at the provider GMX to the parliament. In the investigation committee, however, he finally answered a question from FDP politician Christian Jung: “I have handed over to you everything with a declaration of completeness that is the subject of the investigation.” Previously, the control committee had already uncovered that Scheuer had toll information sent to his Bundestag office mailbox. Corresponding documents submitted the Ministry of Transport finally. Doubts about the completeness of the correspondence, however, still exist. At the private post office box, the exact address of which was reported to “Der Spiegel” The secret communication channel, which has been the subject of a search for months, could now be involved. Schulz told the investigative committee that he had sent Scheuer something to his GMX address once or twice, but not about the toll. In addition, the former Secretary of State for Transport backed up his testimony, already given in October 2020, on statements made by managers of the later operating companies: He was “very certainlyconvinced” in the, that there was no meeting in which they offered to wait with the conclusion of the contracts until the ECJ decides on the passenger car tolls.
The FDP had at the beginning January 2021 filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Transport before the Berlin Administrative Court in the course of dealing with the debacle surrounding the passenger car toll in Germany. This was communicated by Oliver Luksic, member of the Bundestag, to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The background to this is an expert opinion on the so-called gross company value and thus on possible compensation for damages in connection with the passenger car toll. The ministry has so far refused to allow the public to inspect the report: “Citizens have the right to know the impending costs of the failed passenger car toll”, Luksic said. A neutral expert opinion quantifying these costs has been available for months, but is being kept under lock and key by the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry of Transport had justified its refusal to allow access to the expert report by saying, among other things, that there was a possibility that the information could have a negative impact on the arbitration proceedings with the actually planned operating companies CTS Eventim and Kapsch.
Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) was forced to agree on Thursday, 1. October 2020, The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is to submit a report to the Bundestag’s investigative committee, which is to shed light on the procedures surrounding the bombed passenger car toll. The focus was on the controversial contracts with the terminated toll operators and the question: did Scheuer lie to parliament?? Under scrutiny: three secret meetings between Scheuer and managers of the operating companies. At a meeting on 29. November 2018, operators reportedly offered Scheuer to wait until an ECJ ruling before signing a contract. The Federal Minister of Transport had rejected this because the toll was to be introduced before the 2021 election year, which is why time was pressing. This is how the CEO of CTS Eventim and representative of the operating side, Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, explained the situation to the investigating committee. Georg Kapsch, the head of the second consortium partner Kapsch, confirmed this. Andreas Scheuer contradicted the statement, saying that at that time there was no sign of the contract being signed: “The consortium’s offer was still one billion euros higher than the two billion euros approved by the Bundestag.” Gerhard Schulz, former state secretary at the transport ministry, confirmed that to his recollection there had been no offer to postpone the toll. According to the transport minister, it was also assumed on the basis of broad expertise that the toll would go through and that defeat was “totally unlikely” is. When tolls toppled, Scheuer canceled the contract. However, according to him, this had happened not only because of the ruling, but also because of insufficient progress in implementation. The operators, in turn, defended themselves against the accusations: “We have always worked cleanly.” In addition, according to Kapsch, the federal government has never threatened to cancel the project. The operators had been awarded the contract to collect and control the toll at the end of 2018, although there was still no legal certainty regarding the passenger car toll. The U-committee has been trying since the end of 2019 to clarify whether there were omissions in the awarding of the toll and in the termination of the contracts.
July 2020: In the investigation of the failed passenger car toll, the opposition has raised new accusations against Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU). Although the Bundestag’s investigative committee has now received e-mails that were sent via Scheuer’s account as a member of parliament, the opposition has now made a new accusation. FDP, Linke and Grune, however, suspect that mails are still missing. They again called for an independent investigator to sift through Scheuer’s parliamentary mailbox for crucial communications. The committee chairman Udo Schiefner (SPD) wants to have this examined. FDP, Left and Greens had insisted on the release of the mails as evidence for the clarification- In addition to mails and other documents from the ministry itself. A letter from the ministry apologizes for the late transmission. It was a subsequent delivery that was due to an “office oversight” was due to the. The Green Party chairman on the committee, Stephan Kuhn, criticized Scheuer for presenting only piecemeal information to the investigative committee on the failed passenger car toll. Jorg Cezanne, chairman of the Left Party, said: “The sudden presentation of hundreds of emails does not strengthen the confidence of the members of parliament in Minister Scheuer and the claim of full transparency that he has repeatedly postulated.”
May 2020: German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has rejected accusations that he shares responsibility for the failed passenger-car toll. The former head of the CSU was on 28. May 2020 to be questioned as a witness in the Bundestag investigative committee. When asked in advance whether he had done everything right with the car toll, he replied: “Absolutely.” In addition, he said that if he were current party leader, he would again pursue plans for a car toll, but with a stronger climate protection accent. In February, former Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer, as a witness in the panel, had emphasized the responsibility of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the then CSU leader Seehofer. According to him, they would have “seen it coming” an impossibility under European law negotiated into the coalition agreement of 2013 with regard to the passenger car toll.
March 2020: The Bundestag’s investigative committee on the failed car toll cannot access certain cell phone data from Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU), according to FDP sources. The transport policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Oliver Luksic,with that the cell phone data of the minister and other executives in the ministry for the period before February 2019 had been deleted. According to Luksic, the clarification of the facts will be due to the “massive documentation gap” obstructed. “Former state secretary Beermann’s cell phone data was also deleted after he left, although the investigative committee was on its way at the time.” Stephan Kuhn, Green Party chairman in the U-committee, said: “It gives the impression that the Ministry of Transport has proceeded systematically here. Scheuer let reject the accusations. The Transportation Ministry said that as part of an interdepartmental decision to switch from Blackberry to Apple cell phones, the earlier devices were returned in late 2018/early 2019 and “routinely reset” by IT has been. “It is irrelevant whether old service cell phones still exist or not”, called it continues. Basically: “All relevant data and documents will be published”.” The ministry has the investigation committee all “investigation-objective documents of the house management” According to presented evidence, which had been collected so far.
February 2020: In the dispute over financial claims due to the failed car toll, the federal government is resorting to additional legal means and has filed for arbitration against the intended, but now terminated Pk toll operators to initiate arbitration proceedings. This was announced by the Ministry of Transport in February 2020. In this way, they want to establish that the operators “are not entitled to any reimbursement and compensation claims against the federal government”. Attempts to settle the dispute internally with the Kapsch and CTS Eventim companies, which are claiming 560 million euros in damages, have failed. On the same day, former Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU), who was in office from 2009 to 2013, testified as a witness at the meeting of the committee of inquiry on the failed passenger car toll. In doing so, he came to the defense of his successors in office, Alexander Dobrindt and Andreas Scheuer (also both CSU). Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the then CSU leader Horst Seehofer would have “seen things through” during the 2013 coalition negotiations with the SPD an “impossibility under European law negotiated into the coalition agreement. “My successors in office had to deal with this mortgage, and the rest is known”, said Ramsauer with regard to the later burst car toll. In addition, it became known at the meeting of the investigative committee that data from the official cell phone of Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer had been secured. This would also concern data of the state secretaries involved in the toll and the management level of the ministry said the FDP politician Christian Jung.
February 2020: More than two months after a criminal complaint was filed against German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) over the failed passenger car toll, the Berlin public prosecutor’s office does not see sufficient grounds for suspicion of embezzlement. “No investigation has been initiated”, Martin Steltner, the spokesman for the prosecution said in February 2020. There are a number of criminal charges. “These are all testing procedures”. Partly they are already stopped. The criminal charges filed by two left-wing members of the Bundestag for embezzlement are still being investigated. They had argued that the violations of procurement and budgetary law found by the Federal Audit Office in the contract for the passenger car toll collection weighed heavily, and accused the minister of embezzling taxpayers’ money. Meanwhile, in the dispute over compensation claims, arbitration is looming between the federal government and the intended operators Kapsch and CTS Eventim, which put their claims against the federal government at 560 million euros before Christmas 2019.
January 2020: At the Untersuchunsausschuss on the failed passenger car toll, the first witnesses were heard at the end of January 2020. In this context, the Federal Audit Office renewed its accusations against the Ministry of Transport. A representative of the authority made it clear that there had been a lack of risk assessment and violations of budgetary and procurement law in the house of Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) in the car toll that later fell through. Already in November 2019, the Court of Auditors had accused Scheuer of serious shortcomings in a report to the Bundestag. Politicians of the opposition factions see this as a heavy burden for Scheuer. The report was the “worst slap in the face” to be assumed for Scheuer and that the minister is in conflict with the “budget truth” not taken seriously, said FDP politician Christian Jung, for example, before the meeting of the investigative committee. CSU politician Ulrich Lange, on the other hand, warned against turning the Court of Auditors into a “key witness” against Scheuer. The report is not coherent in itself. The Ministry of Transport again rejected the criticism of the Court of Auditors as unjustified and also pointed out that “the contracts for the collection and control of traffic data are comprehensive and complete” to cooperate with the authority. A head of the Federal Audit Office’s audit department, on the other hand, told the committee that cooperation with the ministry was “not without conflict and “in need of improvement”.
January 2020: The expert opinion of a law firm heavily incriminates the Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU). How the “Spiegel” reported, a paper by law firm Chatham said the transport ministry “violated the applicable public procurement law in several respects.” have. In addition, it is questionable whether there should have been an award procedure at all. Finally, there had already been uncertainty as to whether a passenger car toll was permissible under European law at all. According to the report, there were also doubts about the proper keeping of minutes of the talks. Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the committee, the FDP demanded the seizure of Andreas Scheuer’s official smartphones. “In contrast to Ursula von der Leyen, there must be no destruction of evidence of cell phone data and especially SMS messages or disappeared and cleaned smartphones with Andreas Scheuer”, said FDP chairman Christian Jung, referring to the ex-defense minister. No cell phone data is available to the committee of inquiry into the consultant affair because it has been deleted. The next meeting of the investigative committee on the passenger car toll, with initial questioning of witnesses, will take place at the end of January 2020.
December 2019: A good six months after the failure of the passenger car toll, the originally planned operating companies are demanding 560 million euros from the federal government. This was announced by the companies Kapsch and CTS Eventim in December 2019 in a mandatory notification to the stock exchanges. The contracts to collect and control the controversial toll had been concluded even before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned the plans in June 2019. The claim for damages is now intended to compensate for lost profits and costs incurred, as the “Suddeutsche Zeitung” reports. In addition, according to the online portal of the daily newspaper, in recent weeks there have been attempts by the Ministry of Transport and its lawyers to avert the determination of the exact amount of damages for the time being. Assuming the allegations are true, this would be the second attempt to significantly complicate the investigation of the toll debacle. This brings the situation for Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) to a head: in recent months, he had always rejected the claims of the planned car toll operators. His behavior could now cost Germany’s taxpayers dearly.
December 2019: Shortly after the start of the investigative committee on the failed car toll in December 2019, there was excitement about documents of the Ministry of Transport: the Ministry is said to have classified files on the toll as confidential classified information, as the “Spiegel” reports. As can be seen from an email from the secretariat of the U-committee, a first delivery of evidence materials to the panel was received. These are documents that have been submitted to the transport committee of the Bundestag. Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had brought to the committee in July 2019 public order files. In the transmission to the investigative committee, the Ministry of Transport has now taken out some documents in order to make them available to the committee via the secret protection agency. This is intended to prevent interference with “possible arbitration proceedings and to protect company and business secrets is said in a mail, which was available to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. “Scheuer is getting nervous and probably wants to muzzle the MPs. Instead of providing the grandiloquently announced transparency, he now relies on secrecy”, said FDP transport politician Oliver Luksic, for example. And the chairman of the transport committee, Green politician Cemozdemir, wrote on Twitter, Scheuer has files only with “ballyhoo” The documents were rolled into parliament, but now they would be “more secret than thought” classified. The Ministry of Transport, however, firmly rejected the accusations. Since the committee of inquiry is open to the public, the classification of some of the files has been changed in order to protect sensitive data. “That means: Before and after, the files are open to the public.”
October 2019: In the course of the failed passenger car toll in Germany, there are said to have been not only two meetings between the Federal Ministry of Transport and the managers of the intended toll operators. At the beginning of October 2019, he had to concede after an ultimatum of the Greens five more talks with company representatives of CTS Eventim and Kapsch, as the Suddeutsche Zeitung reports. The secret meetings are expected to take place between the 3. October 2018 and the 23. May 2019 have taken place. Scheuer himself is said to have been involved in three of them, Chancellery chief Helge Braun in one. The meetings were neither documented in the files on the toll, nor was the Bundestag informed by the Ministry of Transportation. Scheuer, who wants the “maximum possible transparency,” is thus had promised in relation to the toll contracts, further under pressure. Insider information obtained by the Suddeutsche Zeitung suggests that representatives of the planned car toll operator companies suggested at a meeting that the toll contracts should not be signed until after the expected ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Scheuer rejected- with reference to the tight schedule of the project- and the contracts were concluded before the ECJ overturned the plans in June 2019. This is why CTS Eventim and Kapsch are now threatened with claims for damages. The Federal Ministry of Transport denies that such an offer had been made.
September 2019: In the dispute over the failed car toll in Germany, the federal government accuses the operating companies of awarding contracts improperly. The accusation is that the intended operators had still awarded contracts to other companies, even though the European Court of Justice (ECJ) had already overturned the toll and the federal government had cancelled the contracts. As the “Suddeutsche Zeitung” and the WDR early reported, it is about seven contracts with a volume of 576 million euros, according to research by Focus even an amount of 895 million euros, which had already been approved in December 2018. According to the SZ and WDR report, a law firm commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Transport is accusing the toll operating companies of a “deliberate attempt to cause damage in breach of trust”. In June 2019, Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had stated that there were three reasons for the termination of the passenger car toll contracts: Regulatory and European law, i.e., the court ruling, poor contractor performance, and contracting after the termination. According to the Ministry of Transport, the operator was contractually prohibited from contracting subcontractors without the prior consent of the federal government. This could still prove important in the dispute over compensation for the actually planned car toll operating companies CTS Eventim and Kapsch and its amount.
Bungled car toll cost 79 million euros so far
In the meantime, the failed car toll has cost the federal government 79.3 million euros including seven million euros, which by 18. September 2020 incurred in the current year. This emerges from the answer of the Federal Ministry of Transport to a Green Party question. Accordingly, 5.2 million euros in 2020 alone have been spent on experts and court costs to date. This further increases the total costs incurred since 2014. As of mid-June 2020, the ministry had quoted a figure of 76.7 million euros. The Green transport politician Stephan Kuhn said that the car toll was “one of the most expensive pipe failures of the Bavarian regional party CSU” and of its Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. More on this topic: everything on the German city toll
Why does the car toll violate EU law?? (ECJ ruling)
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled following a complaint by Germany’s EU neighbors Austria and the Netherlands in the June 2019 The European Court of Justice ruled that the passenger car toll is discriminatory because its economic burden falls almost exclusively on the owners and drivers of vehicles registered in other EU countries. It also violates the principles of free movement of goods and free movement of services in the EU single market. The background: for nationals:inside, the user fee was to be offset by a lower vehicle tax. Österreich has therefore accused Germany of discrimination against other nationals and initiated infringement proceedings in October 2017. Since the 11. December 2018, the case was heard before the grand chamber of the ECJ. The ruling comes as a surprise, however: a leading expert at the European Court of Justice still considered the German passenger car toll to be legal. Advocate General Nils Wahl recommended to the judges in Luxembourg at the beginning of February 2019 to reject Austria’s complaint against the plans of the German government. It is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of discrimination, Wahl said.
Threat of claims for damages by passenger car toll operators?
Both CTS Eventim and Kapsch claim 560 million euros in damages from the federal government.
When was the passenger car toll decided?
The Bundesrat let pass the legislative package passed by the Bundestag at the end of March 2017 despite considerable criticism.
When should the toll be introduced?
As recently as the beginning of October 2018, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had reiterated that the controversial passenger car toll in Germany “will definitely be implemented during this election period” come. At the start of 2019, Scheuer then announced October 2020 as the official date for the introduction, a corresponding contract had been signed on 30. December 2018 had been signed.
Who would have operated the German passenger car toll?
The operators of the passenger car toll in Germany had been fixed since mid-December 2018: the Austrian toll system provider Kapsch TrafficCom and the German concert promoter and ticket seller CTS Eventim were to establish a joint venture in which each partner would hold 50 percent of the shares. According to the ministry, the tasks of the operating company were to include, for example, developing and operating an app and a website- Owner:inside of foreign registered vehicles should be able to book there. In addition, it would have been a matter of setting up and operating payment offices where the toll can be booked manually.
Who would have to pay for the car toll?
In addition to passenger cars, motor homes would also have been subject to the toll in Germany. Motorcycles, electric cars, cars of disabled people and ambulances would have been exempt from the fees.
What would the car toll cost? (calculation)
The car toll in Germany was to go hand in hand with the vehicle tax cuts, so that drivers in Germany would not have been exposed to any additional financial burdens. For Euro 6 cars, however, the balance sheet could have been much better as a result of the change agreed with the EU Commission: “Those who drive a particularly environmentally friendly Euro 6 vehicle will actually pay less than before”, promised the former Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt. However, this would have made the relief 100 million euros higher than originally foreseen. The former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble (CDU) had submitted a draft law that would ensure, at least in the first two years after its introduction, that the respective vehicle tax would be reduced to such an extent that the toll would be completely offset in each case. From the third year on this additional tax reduction should be reduced again. As a second point, the cabinet decided on changed short-term tariffs for drivers:inside from abroad. Depending on the pollutant emission the passenger car would have been charged a ten-day toll in six price levels (the exact costs and their calculation can be found below).
|Annual vignette with gasoline engine:|
|Euro 0/1/2/3||6,50€ per 100ccm engine capacity or part thereof|
|Euro 4/5||2€ per 100 ccm cubic capacity or part thereof|
|Euro 6||1,80€ per 100 cc or part thereof|
|Annual vignette with diesel engine:|
|Euro 0/1/2/3||9,50€ per 100 cc engine capacity or part thereof|
|Euro 4/5||5€ per 100 cc or part thereof|
|Euro 6||4,80€ per 100 cc or part thereof|
|Short-term vignettes||Costs according to current law||Planned cost adjustment|
|if the annual toll sticker cost less than 20 euros||5 Euro||2,50 Euro|
|if the annual vignette would cost between 20 and 40 euros||5 euros||4 Euro|
|if annual vignette would cost between 40 and 70 euros||10 euros||8 euros|
|If annual vignette would cost between 70 and 100 euros||15 Euro||14 Euro|
|if annual toll sticker would cost more than 100 euros||15 Euro||20 Euro|
|if annual toll sticker would cost less than 20 euros||16 Euro||7 Euro|
|if annual vignette would cost between 20 and 40 euros||16 Euro||11 euros|
|if annual vignette would cost between 40 and 70 euros||22 Euro||18 euros|
|if annual vignette would cost between €70 and €100||30 euros||30 Euro|
|if annual vignette would cost over 100 Euro||30 euros||40 Euro|
How would the toll have been levied?
Instead of adhesive toll stickers, as they are common in Austria, the toll payers should be identifiable by their license plate. Payment would be monitored on a random basis via electronic license plate comparison. The collection of the passenger car toll would have been taken over by private operators and would have been remunerated with 160 million euros per year.
What would have been the penalties?
Those who pay the toll but do not pay the fee would have been fined. ÜThe amount of the fines was still being negotiated. The fines should also have been collected abroad.