Car toll: is it coming or is it not coming? - One thing is certain: after the election, drivers will continue to be scooped and put a higher burden

A year ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the subject and, contrary to previous incantations, admitted that the car toll is put on the government's agenda because the CSU wants it to.

tollIn Bild am Sonntag she then tried to pretend that she was still against it. This is called playing over gang. CSU boss Seehofer knows why he can keep the topic warm. Probably even with the blessing of the Chancellor, who formulates it cleverly. It is not against it, but suddenly sees the toll as “skeptical” at best. Nightingale, I hear you traps. The rhetorical swing makes a big difference. And it is clear that the Chancellor has already vacated her position of consistent rejection.

Everything points to it: the discussion will go on for a while, but in the end the car highway toll will come. It would be a miracle if it were different. She has repeatedly proven that Ms. Merkel masters the back, forward and sideways somersault. From the Gender Equality Act to the energy transition and other elementary decisions, she has shown that every decision, every opinion, every conviction can be swiveled up to date and opportunistically in any direction without leaving any traces of injury. So what will happen in the toll discussion?

If black and yellow remain in the government after the election, which is likely to be recognized, the issue is first discussed in the coalition agreement. Then you will see the toll less skeptically, "if there is no additional burden for German drivers". And then you will swear holy (Mein-) oaths that the German driver has no fear of any additional burden. And as always, the skeptical Chancellor will “not ignore a reasonable solution”.

It is clear that the toll will surely mean an additional burden for frequent drivers. Even if the government will then justify and say that the average motorist will be relieved through motor vehicle tax to compensate. Without this concession, a reduction in vehicle tax, the toll cannot, of course, be enforced. But when it is there, the state's greed for skimming has a new field, to turn every now and then on some screws.

It will be very important whether the toll is levied as a flat rate by vignette or calculated according to kilometers of motorway use. Professional populist Horst Seehofer speaks of asking “foreigners” to pay. EU law does not allow this at all, and if so, German drivers also have to pay the toll. And that's exactly the catch. Who seriously believes that the tax authorities will waive vehicle tax in line with the toll? It may be reduced a bit, but in the end the state wants to generate more income. That means quite clearly: It will be more expensive for German drivers.


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