HANDELSBLATT EXCLUSIVE

Government Sees Delays, Higher Costs for Highway Toll

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Germany’s controversial move to a system of distance-based tolls for foreign cars using German highways will be more expensive than planned and will not start until at least 2020, according to internal documents seen by Handelsblatt.

The consultation documents were prepared for Germany’s ministry of transport last year by a number of external consultants and government agencies, at a cost of over €6 million, or $6.4 million. The detailed plans, running to over 500 pages, make it clear that the scheme cannot come into force until 2020 at the earliest, even if legal hurdles are cleared this year. Public statements from the transport ministry previously suggested it could be in place by 2019.

The scheme will be run in a complex cooperation between a private contractor and several state agencies. These include the Federal Motor Transport Authority, or KBA, and the Federal Office for Goods Transport, or BAG, which will be responsible for checking drivers on the country’s highways.

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