Proposals to extend road tolls designed to counter congestion and emissions have been on the agenda in Germany this week. At their latest twice-yearly meeting on Wednesday, state transport ministers adopted a resolution. In this they voted by a narrow 7-6 margin against extending to cars an existing toll on lorries using motorways. One day before the meeting, outgoing federal transport minister Manfred Stolpe opposed the move in a newspaper interview. But Mr Stolpe also expressed an intention to increase existing lorry tolls for more polluting vehicles. See transport ministers.
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