Germany plans action to fight 'tank-up' tourism

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10 March 2005 , BERLIN - The German government plans to allow limited fuel price cuts in border regions to reduce the number of drivers heading to foreign competitors in countries such as Poland where prices are lower, said a report due to be published on Thursday. German petrol stations close to the border are to be allowed to discount fuel prices with their losses being subsidized by the German Finance Ministry, said the report in the respected weekly 'Die Zeit'. Huge numbers of German motorists head ove

10 March 2005

BERLIN - The German government plans to allow limited fuel price cuts in border regions to reduce the number of drivers heading to foreign competitors in countries such as Poland where prices are lower, said a report due to be published on Thursday.

German petrol stations close to the border are to be allowed to discount fuel prices with their losses being subsidized by the German Finance Ministry, said the report in the respected weekly 'Die Zeit'.

Huge numbers of German motorists head over the borders every week to tank up their cars with petrol which in countries like Poland can be almost one-third cheaper than at home.

This demand has led to huge new Polish petrol stations being built near German border cities such as Guben and Frankfurt an der Oder.

As a result, German petrol stations in border regions angrily complain about weak sales. Meanwhile, the federal German government is losing millions of euros in petrol tax revenue.

The report said officials in Austria, where petrol is also cheaper, complain that so many Germans drive over to buy fuel that the lines of cars are causing increased air pollution.

DPA

Subject: German news

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