German minister drops plans for car toll across EU
German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has dropped plans for a car toll on motorways across Europe, bowing to opposition from within the German government and from EU partners.
His ministry had drawn up a draft EU toll directive in July that would have imposed tolls on lorries, vans and cars within eight years.
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He made it an official proposal for Germany's presidency of the bloc which runs until the end of the year.
"Deliberations on finding a compromise to extend the existing toll systems to all vehicles on a mandatory basis under the German Presidency will not be pursued further," his ministry said in a response to a parliamentary question from the opposition Free Democrats.
His decision opens the way to a broader discussion on the EU directive which aims to place more emphasis on climate protection and to base the truck toll on CO2 emissions for the first time.