The Court of Justice of the European Union has overturned a German proposal for the introduction of a toll vignette for passenger cars. According to the court in Luxembourg, the programs are incompatible with EU law.
In 2015, the German parliament agreed to some toll on motorways. The strategy came in the case of the CSU. The European Commission found it unfair that German drivers would be reimbursed via a decrease in road tax, that would mean that only foreign road users would pay.
A new German proposal, that made space for different prices for foreigners, could count upon the approval of the European Commission, but not of a number of neighboring countries.
In 2017, the Netherlands joined the lawsuit that Austria had filed against the German plan. Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen then stated that the programs are discriminatory for non-German motorists.