Toll for cars from 2016: the key facts

Berlin, July 7, 2014

Is she or does not she come? The toll for cars was one of the election campaign hit. Now is Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU ) everything to implement this idea. Now Dobrindt has revealed concrete details of its toll plans.

A new word

The car toll will be levied from 1 January 2016, it will apply to all public roads in Germany. Dobrindt they packed for German taxpayers in the beautiful word " infrastructure charge ". These must be paid for all vehicles under 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, both of Germans and foreigners. The latter acquire a very classic vignette, while the " national toll " is subtracted from the motor vehicle tax. Vehicles in this country are wholly or partly exempt from road tax are exempted accordingly of the infrastructure levy.

Specified limits

How is the new release? For the first time approved before July 2009 vehicles provided contributions per 100 cubic engine capacity due after the respective pollutant class, but not more than 103.04 EUR 112.35 EUR for gasoline and diesel vehicles. For new registrations from July 2009 the levy per two euros per section of 100 cubic displacement is. The engine capacity limit is five liters, so 100 euros. For diesel vehicles, 9,50 euros required on 100 cubic, here the limit is set at 1,100 cubic. That would be 104.50 euros. Average should be 88 euros infrastructure levy.

The zero-sum game

Who has his car registered in Germany, gets the amount of vehicle tax reduced by the amount of infrastructure delivery, so that de facto does not change. In return, you get a vignette, which is glued to the windshield. Foreign visitors have the choice: A ten - day vignette is to cost ten euros, 20 euros for two months will be required. Year vignettes are from each starting day exactly twelve months. This is different than in Austria and Switzerland, where the Pickerl applies only to the printed year. Primary to be acquired over the Internet, the badges who buys at the gas station, pays for twelve months uniformly 103.04 ( petrol ) respectively 112,35 € ( diesel).

A miscalculation?

And what does it fit? Dobrindt expects annual total gross income of around 4.7 billion euros, of which 3.8 billion related to German motorists and about 860 million to foreign road users. The system costs are expected to amount to a total of 260 million euros. The so remaining 600 million euros of foreign motorists are earmarked to flow in road infrastructure. What happens, however, with the remaining 3.8 billion, Dobrindt does not say. According to the minister of the vignette plan is permitted under EU law, here takes the selected domestic tax disguise as " levy". The technical implementation respectively legislation should take place during the year 2015.

width concerns

Cynical praise for Dobrindts concept comes from the Automobile Club ACE: "We are very impressed by the proposal of the Federal Minister for Transport Now you just need the approval of the Chancellor, the Minister of Finance, the EU Commission, the coalition of the Bundestag, the Bundesrat and the cities and towns.. ., but toll - mage Dobrindt will overcome this hurdle enchanting He's already a true juggler and computing artist:? With a car foreigner share of 5 percent or about 2.2 million vehicles - and expected toll revenues of 625 million euros in year, accounting for every foreigner converted road user charges at the rate of 284 euros, because residents are provided virtually free non-coalition agreement of the toll. return, be our guest Germany not only thank you, but surely return the favor too. " Similarly, the Greens argue in NRW, a main transit country, "Then we return to the medieval road tolls ", as Country Manager Mona Neubaur. The customs union warns, however, against too much bureaucracy and lack of personnel. The ADAC in turn questions the feasibility of the plan. So it could happen that although the EU absegnet the toll model, but not the infrastructure levy on German taxpayers. This would then have to pay more. Furthermore, the administrative costs are too low. The SPD Generalsekrätin in Bavaria, Natasha Kohnen criticized the coupling of the " national toll " to the pollutant classes, while the FDP and the Greens of a " bureaucratic monster" warn, which devours the revenue right back. ( rh )