German minister takes aim at foreign drivers with new car toll

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Germany's transport minister plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make money off foreign drivers.

Germany has a truck toll but, unlike many European countries, no car toll. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said Monday that millions of foreign cars drive through Germany without contributing to maintaining its roads, and that "fairness gap" should be closed.

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Dobrindt plans to introduce toll stickers for all cars in 2016. Foreign drivers will be able to get short-term stickers online or at filling stations. A separate car tax will be reduced so German drivers won't pay more overall.

Dobrindt's party insists on a toll for foreigners despite worries the system won't be compatible with European Union law. Dobrindt said he's confident that isn't a problem.