Bavaria: Bavarian city president wants a car for everyone

Uwe Brandl (CSU), President of the Bavarian Community Day. Photo: Britta Pedersen / archive photo

(Photo: Britta Pedersen / dpa)

The CSU has failed in its balance sheet, but the discussion continues. The president of the Bavarian municipality, Brandl, is now demanding a tax for all motorists on all roads. He is not alone.

Munich (dpa / lby) – After the toll, the president of the Bavarian municipal day calls for a fresh start. "I think that a toll makes perfect sense," said Uwe Brandl (CSU) of the German News Agency (DPA) in Munich. Aged 59, he wants a uniform model that includes all roads. Thus, it could be avoided that municipalities are congested by the traffic of escape routes. Brandl relies on a simple solution: "We do not need a bureaucratic monster nor high-tech frills."

The revenue from the toll, he wants to invest directly in the maintenance of roads. Municipalities are short of it for money. "We have been working very badly for years," Brandl said. However, the division between the federal, state and local governments still needs to be discussed.

His colleague colleague from Baden-Württemberg, Roger Kehle, becomes more concrete: the road network in Germany is 920,000 kilometers, with a municipal share of about 600,000 kilometers. Depending on the lanes, the funds should be split up, he told the dpa.

Also the gorge considers a toll absolutely necessary, in order to prevent a traffic infarction and to finance the change of traffic. Because the transport infrastructure is underfunded for years.

To implement the toll in accordance with European legislation, Brandl also wants to ask German motorists to pay. Although there is still no Presidium decision of the community day, but Brandl points out: "I think it's just that someone who uses a public service has paid for that."

The mayor of Lower Bavaria, Abensberg, therefore departs from the line of his party. The CSU refuses a toll, which also weighs on German motorists. Their model provided that they would have been relieved of the tax on cars.

Since the European Court of Justice put an end to the federal government's toll plans in June, party leaders headed by Markus Söder and Federal Transport Minister Anderas Scheuer are reluctant to take further action. Finally, Söder no longer talks about a German toll in the dispute over transit with Austria, but rather calls for a uniform solution in Europe. It is boring and unfair that in Austria the car toll is paid, but Germany can not collect it.

Other political leaders had to speak after the toll plans: Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Transport, Winfried Hermann (Greens), campaigned for a toll on the route taken, with levels Emissions and an hour of the day narcotics. The vice president of the CDU, Thomas Strobl, said that there should be no ban to think of a toll for all.