Calls emerge for hike in new German road tax

11th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 January 2005, BERLIN - Germany only imposed a highway toll on trucks last week, but calls surfaced on Tuesday for an increase in the levy from within Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition. Reinhard Loske, deputy parliamentary leader of the junior coalition partner Greens, told the Die Welt newspaper his party wants the toll pushed above 15 euro cents per kilometre. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker, a Social Democrat who chairs the parliamentary Environmental Affairs Committee, said he backed the bid to r

11 January 2005

BERLIN - Germany only imposed a highway toll on trucks last week, but calls surfaced on Tuesday for an increase in the levy from within Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition.

Reinhard Loske, deputy parliamentary leader of the junior coalition partner Greens, told the Die Welt newspaper his party wants the toll pushed above 15 euro cents per kilometre.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker, a Social Democrat who chairs the parliamentary Environmental Affairs Committee, said he backed the bid to raise truck tolls because it would force more freight to be transported by rail.

The present toll paid by trucks weighing over 12 tons is 12.4 cents per kilometre travelled on federal highways.

Loske said his proposed increase would add around EUR 800 million to annual government revenue of nearly EUR 3 billion.

In a related development, Germany's Federal Environment Agency is calling for the toll to be extended to trucks weighing over 3.5 tons.

Transport companies and truckers have bitterly protested the toll and said the extra costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices for almost all goods.

DPA

Subject: German news

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