German lorry tolls system put back again

Government forced to delay introduction a second time in face of continuing technical difficulties

Germany's distance-based charging system for heavy lorries on motorways has been postponed again for an indefinite period, marking an embarrassment for the government.

Transport minister Manfred Stolpe announced at the weekend that the system could not go ahead as planned on 2 November due to defective software. The scheme was originally set to start at the end of August, but had to be postponed a first time due to a lack of required electronic on-board units (EED 04/08/03).

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