Germany's world-famous highways will no longer be a free ride - at least for foreigners. The German parliament has passed a controversial bill to introduce a toll, to loud criticizm from some neighboring countries.
The row over Germany’s controversial road toll bill took a new turn on Thursday with the news that Austria has taken a legal case with the ECJ. They believe the bill contravenes EU law.
The German road toll bill has courted controversy for years now. The Austrian government announced in October that they would take a legal case with the ECJ over it and now the Dutch government has joined them.
A call to allow using autobahn toll data to track criminal suspects has triggered a fresh row among Germany's justice ministers. Originally, the project's data was intended only to calculate car users' highway fees.
The German parliament has finally passed a much-contested toll on highways - a key demand of the government's conservative wing. But opposition from border states and neighboring countries could still block it.
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