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"Germany should introduce a toll for use of its autobahn - not only for lorries, but for all traffic. Neighbouring transit countries such as Austria, France and Switzerland do it, too."

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Felicitas Sch�fer Written Communication I L�ffler WS 2004/2005 12.12.04 "Germany should introduce a toll for use of its autobahn - not only for lorries, but for all traffic. Neighbouring transit countries such as Austria, France and Switzerland do it, too." The topic about introducing tolls for the German autobahn is highly discussed not only among German politicians today. France, Switzerland and Austria do all have tolls to increase their earnings, which they use to build and repair their roads. In the year 2000 there was a statistic1, where 1137 German citizens over the age of sixteen were asked whether they are in favour or against establishing autobahn tolls. In the western part of Germany, there was a forty-five percentage equally on each hand, while in the eastern part of the country fifty-nine per cent of the citizens were against tolls and 29 per cent in favour of them. ...read more.

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This is a very high percentage. In April 2004 the percentage was even higher, German car drivers had to pay 81.10 cent4 for the state, this was 72 percent of the gasoline price! In other countries like France, Switzerland and Austria the taxes concerning cars are very low compared to Germany. This is the reason why their citizens have to pay for street usage via tolls. Motor-oil-tax is very high in Germany. A large part of German car drivers know that motor-oil-tax is important, because not only streets, but also nature is cared for. But knowing that only one third of the amount is spent for nature and roads is a public nuisance. Secondly, if autobahn tolls are introduced, means of public transport are going to be more overcrowded. Catching a seat in a train at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. is unlikely to happen in the rural part of the country, but it is almost an impossible task to do near or within big cities. ...read more.

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If this way is chosen than the usage has to be enforced by police or someone else. However, this again will eat up a lot of money; paid by German tax payers. In conclusion, it can be said that introducing a toll for the autobahn is a very expensive and unreasonable thing to do. German car drivers pay 65.5 cent per litre gasoline for treasury. When they put twenty litres in their car, they spend 13.10 Euros mineral-oil and ecological tax. If car drivers do not want to pay tolls, they have to switch to means of public transport. The problem is that trains and buses are already overcrowded so that this would be a very unpleasant experience for a lot of "Bundesbahn" customers. Another argument against this toll is, that introducing and controlling such a system costs a lot of money, which also has to be paid by the German people. 1 Pro und Contra Autobahngeb�hren, Quelle: Allensbacher Archiv, IfD-Umfragen 6061 und 6097, http://www.Ifd-allensbach.de/news/Prd_ 0101.html;06.12.2004. 2 Autobahngeb�hr, http://www.presse.adac.de/standpunkte/Verkehr/Autobahngebuehr.asp?ComponentID=13940&SourcePageID=14806; 6.12.2004. 3 http://onwirtschaft.t-online.de/c/19/40/68/1940686.html; 12.12.2004 4 http://onwirtschaft.t-online.de/c/19/40/68/1940686.html; 12.12.2004 1 ...read more.

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