Discord over planned German lorry charges
German transport minister Manfred Stolpe has rejected an appeal by the country's environment agency to aggressively increase the rate of lorry charges to be introduced next year, doubling them by 2010 (EED 01/03/02). The agency had called for rates to rise to €0.25/km in an effort to shift freight transport from road to rail. It calculated that the move would create up to 28,000 jobs and cut CO2 emissions by almost 3m tonnes. Mr Stolpe called agency's proposal "quite unrealistic," especially considering that "Germany has to respect EU norms for lorry charges." See German transport ministry.