Germany sues Toll Collect over missed deadline

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2005, BERLIN - Germany's federal government presented Friday to arbitrators a multi-billion-euro claim against a joint venture of DaimlerChrysler and Deutsche Telekom, nearly two years after an ambitious road-toll system missed its start-up deadline.

29 July 2005

BERLIN - Germany's federal government presented Friday to arbitrators a multi-billion-euro claim against a joint venture of DaimlerChrysler and Deutsche Telekom, nearly two years after an ambitious road-toll system missed its start-up deadline.

Trucks have been automatically charged an average 12 euro cents per kilometre to use the autobahns since the start of this year. 

The system, known as Toll Collect, was meant to start at the beginning of September 2003. The delay while technicians tinkered with it cost the government billions in lost revenues.

Berlin, which had earlier been expected to demand EUR 4.6 billion in compensation from the Toll Collect consortium, said Friday it had upped the claim to EUR 5.1 billion.

DaimlerChrysler provided engineering expertise and the Deutsche Telekom phone group furnished communications technology for the system, which uses satellites to track vehicles' movements without them having to stop at toll booths.

The 500-page claim was sent Friday to an arbitration panel headed by Guenter Hirsch, who is president of the federal high court. The panel is expected to take until next year or 2007 to rule.

Berlin contends the consortium promised an early start-up date either knowing or not caring that the deadline could not be met. Toll Collect denies liability. The system has run without problems so far, and is set for a major upgrade at the start of 2006.

DPA

Subject: German news

0 Comments To This Article