Dutch demand EU action to prevent discriminatory German road toll plan
Publication date: 02 September 2014
On 2 September, the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB) submitted a petition to the European Parliament with almost 43,000 signatures protesting against the planned introduction of a German road toll that would discriminate foreign drivers.
“Dutch road users will be unfairly targeted as will citizens of other neighbouring countries of Germany, in particular, if this road toll is implemented.” said Thierry Willemarck, President of FIA Region I. He continued, “ANWB advocates for all non-German motorists by fighting against national discrimination within the European Single Market. We greatly hope that MEPs will make sure that cross-border travel within Europe does not become unnecessarily expensive for consumers. Should this road toll scheme go forward it is certain that we will see other countries implementing retaliatory measures. This could eventually mean that we will all be charged as soon as we cross a border, blocking the ease with which the Europeans can move in the EU.”
The German government’s new road tax, a toll to fund road infrastructure, provides compensation to Germans, thereby exempting German nationals from the obligation to pay. In its current form, the toll would therefore be levied only on non-German motorists for the financing of German roads. ANWB President, Frits van Bruggen, urged the European Parliament represented by MEPs Wim van de Camp (EPP, NL), Claudia Schmidt (EPP, AT), Georges Bach (EPP, LU) Pascal Arimont (EPP, BE)and Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL) to ensure that the German toll does not conflict with the key EU principle of non-discrimination.
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Dutch protest German road toll