Chalk a victory up for the two-wheelers, as Germany’s famed Autobahn road system is set to go the way of the toll road…except for motorcycles that is. The new toll system will interestingly enough apply only to vehicles with foreign license tags, with permits to circulate on the autobahn being sold at border crossings into Germany and other locations within the country.

With neighbors Austria and Switzerland already playing this game, it seems Germany is just doing a little nationalistic tit-for-tat, at the expense of drivers of course. Motorcyclists, inside and outside of Germany, will be exempt from the rule permit system, which is expected to cost in the €100 / year range.

While the toll/permit system isn’t expected to come on-line in Germany until January 1, 2016 – we imagine the European Council will have a thing or two to say about the preferential treatment given to German-living vehicles. European residents can expect a long legal battle over this one, which likely won’t be resolved until it gets to the European Court of Justice.

Source: Spiegel via Bikes in the Fast Lane

  • David

    You are referencing a German news article from November 2013. There is currently a debate in Germany on whether the toll for trucks could be extended to cars, and whether or not this would be only for foreign cars or also for domestic drivers. Nothing is decided, a lot of debate is going on, and there certainly isn’t a fixed timeline for the implementation of such a toll. Also, there is no mention of motorcycles in the current debate, as far as I can tell from daily news and a casual google search.

  • Gildas

    Freedom of movement is not a freedom if you have to pay for it.

    In France most of the cash from tolls just goes to make some people insanely rich and a modest amount is spent on building new roads.

    It would have cost less to the French citizens to pay with their taxes and then get free roads.

    People forget that one of the key reasons behind the late 17’th century revolts and revolutions was the people were fed up with tolls on rads and bridges.

    Tools limit commerce and movement for no real gains.

  • smiler

    Supercar baiting on a 125.

  • Shinigami

    I ride throughout Europe twice a year- 3500 mi on my last trip. FRA, BEL, NED, SUI, GER, ITA. All have excellent roads in excellent condition. Same in Japan, 4-5 x year. Excellent roads. All of these countries have tolls of one sort or another.

    Then I come home to the rotting infrastructure in America and wonder whether the money being spent on fuel taxes and other fees isn’t being used to “make some people insanely rich”…