A press release of the Bundestag issued on 2 September 2014 notifies a draft law of the Federal Government dated 1 September 2014 (document number 18/2444), aiming to modify the law on road tolls regulating tolls applied to trucks on motorways and certain federal roads (“Bundesfernstraßenmautgesetz”) of 12 July 2011. Among other the draft text (Entwurf eines Zweiten Gesetzes zur Änderung des Bundesfernstraßenmautgesetzes) aims to adapt the toll rates contained in the law to the report on road costs issued on 25 March 2014. It further introduces a separate toll category for low-emission Euro VI-trucks.
A second press release of the same date attracts attention to a response of the Federal Government dated 26 August 2014 (document number 18/2398) replying to a parliamentary question issued by MPs and the parliamentary group ‘Bündnis 90/Die Grünen’ on 29 July 2014 (document number 18/2272) regarding the introduction of a road toll applicable to foreign passenger cars. It reveals plans of the Federal Government to introduce an infrastructure-related levy from 1 January 2016 which will include vehicles below 3,5 tonnes. This was also part of the key points presented by the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure on 7 July 2014. The Government is planning two draft laws, one regarding the introduction of the infrastructure-related levy and one to amend the existing law on the taxation of vehicles (Kraftfahrzeugsteuergesetz – KraftStG) in the version of 26 September 2002.
Please note that the Federal Government stresses the necessity of conformity with EU legislation, so the future regulations concerning the levy for passenger vehicles will most probably also concern nationally registered vehicles.