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No free ride: German minister wants road-use toll for foreign drivers
No free ride: German minister wants road-use toll for foreign drivers

Germany's transport minister on Monday unveiled plans to charge foreign drivers a road-use toll to close what he called a "fairness gap" that lets cars registered in other countries get a free ride on some of the world's best highways and byways. The proposal by Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt would generate about $3.4 billion every four years by charging about $14 for a 10-day road-use pass and an average of about $123 for a yearlong permit, depending on the foreign vehicle's emissions and engine size, Deutsche Welle reported from the Berlin news conference. The system would be "revenue neutral" for German-registered cars, Dobrindt said, as the new toll proposed to take effect...

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