Austria sues Germany over motorway tolls

The Austrian supervision is holding Berlin to justice over plans to charge up to €130 (£117) per year to use its autobahns (motorways) and bundesstrassen (federal highways) from 2019.

Vienna says it contravenes EU law since while all will have to pay, German motorists will be refunded around reductions in their car tax.

Austria’s ride minister, Joerg Leichtfried, pronounced in a statement: “This is surreptitious taste on the basement of nationality.

“The German fee is against foreigners. Germans won’t compensate since they are German. Austrians will compensate since they are Austrian. We’re not going to mount for that.”

The 30-page lawsuit is being filed at the European Court of Justice on Thursday.

By commanding the tolls, Germany is exploiting its widespread position within Europe, Mr Leichtfried said.

An estimated 1.8m Austrian commuters will be influenced by the due scheme, which has also been criticised by Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Those coming from outward Germany will be means to buy a 10-day fee of between €2.50 (£2.25) and €25 (£23), or a two-month pass of between €7 (£6) and €50 (£45).

The charge depends on the vehicle’s fuel potency and is paid for in allege – also around a plaque scheme.

Some experts guess the plan will bring in about €500m (£451m) a year.

The case is approaching to come to justice possibly late next year or early 2019.

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