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Car toll: Federal Ministry of Transport published further documents

2019-08-13T09:46:02.783Z

The car toll has been history since mid-June. But the competent ministry is threatened with claims for damages. Under pressure from the opposition, it opens more contracts.



The CSU-led Federal Ministry of Transport has published more than 500 pages of other documents on the controversial and now stopped car toll on its website. Specifically, it is about economic feasibility studies for the procurement procedures for collecting and controlling the levy. As the ministry said, more than 3,000 pages of contracts, 150 answers to parliamentary questions and eight opinions have now been published.

The toll was considered an election campaign project of the Bavarian CSU, which she had prevailed against resistance of the SPD and concerns in the CDU. The plans were to relieve residents of the car tax, so they would not have to pay in total. Because the European Court of Justice (ECJ) saw in it a discrimination of foreign car owners, he had tilted the plans on 18 June.

"Risk systematically downplayed and underestimated"

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is under pressure because he had already concluded the contracts with the two operators Kapsch and CTS Eventim in 2018 - before final legal certainty existed. After the ECJ judgment the federation announced the contracts and faces now possible damage claims of the companies opposite, which are to be clarified in an arbitration procedure.

The opposition accuses the CSU politician of a Harakiri policy. The green traffic expert Stephan Kühn said that Scheuer had "systematically downplayed and underestimated the risk of a negative ECJ ruling on his Stammtisch project car toll". Together with the FDP and the Left Party, Kühn's party demanded that the Ministry of Transport provide all the toll documentation "complete and undegraded".

Bundesrechnungshof wants to check

The resort was at least partially complied with. Already in mid-July, the Ministry published on its website one of two contracts for the failed car toll. The contract to collect the toll would be made public "in the form to which the operators have given their consent", said Minister of Transport Scheuer this. According to him, in the nearly 2,700-page document, some passages have been blackened to protect the privacy of personal data and third-party business and trade secrets.

Meanwhile, the procedure of Minister Scheuer and his experts is also a case for the Federal Court of Audit. As the German Press Agency, citing a reply letter from President Kay Scheller to the Greens in the Bundestag reports, the Court of Auditors wants to watch the settlement of the failed car toll by the Ministry of Transport. Thus, it is planned to pursue the "Risk Prevention and Crisis Management of the Ministry" after the ECJ ruling. The Court of Auditors will continue the development, Scheller stresses in the letter. But it is still not clear how the intended contractors Kapsch and CTS Eventim will proceed after the termination of the operator contracts by the federal government.

Source: zeit

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