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Germany has plans to target foreign drivers with car toll

BERLIN -- Germany plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make money from the millions of foreigners who drive through the country every year, the transport minister said Monday.

Germany has a truck toll but, unlike many European countries, no car toll. Minister Alexander Dobrindt said it wasn't fair that foreign drivers do not contribute to maintaining the roads and that “fairness gap” should be closed.

Dobrindt plans to introduce toll stickers in 2016 for all cars using any roads in Germany, not just highways. Foreign drivers will be able to get one-year, two-month or 10-day stickers online or at filling stations. The cheapest option, the 10-day sticker, will cost 10 euros (US$13.60).

Annual fees will vary according to cars' engine size and environmental credentials and average 88 euros (US$120), while a separate car tax will be reduced so German drivers won't pay more overall.

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