The lower house of parliament in Germany approved a controversial new road toll. The toll is for driving on German roads with vehicles registered outside of Germany. It will not be a fixed toll. The amount collected after the law is implemented through the toll will be variable. The original version of the toll was proposed back in 2015.
It is reported that the toll will be variable and it will depend on several factors. The things that will be considered include trip duration and the car's environmental impact. The new toll isn't without detractors, including some German states.
It is reported that some German states may take issue with the toll. However, the parliament stands firm on implementing the rule as they do not need their approval to pass the measure. The states acting in parliament's upper house could delay implementing the toll. It can be postponed until after the federal election in September, reported Auto Blog.
According to reports, the German government will consider the environmental impact of the car. The cars that pollute less will be charged less. It is said that the law will ensure a maximum annual fee of about $140, reported Trendolizer.
At the same time, the cars making short trips through the country are also granted some leniency. The cars that are registered outside the country and which run on German roads throughout the year invite maximum fine.
The provisions to ease the law and be a bit lenient were made after the European Commission said the rules would discriminate. Also, the laws were against the European Union rules.
It is also speculated that some states might want to make further exceptions in border areas. Also, some in the European Commission and other EU countries still believe the toll discriminates. The German parliament expects the toll to bring in about $540 million in revenue from foreign drivers.