Vice chairman of the CDU/CSU caucus andreas jung (CDU) proposes a toll on trucks to improve climate protection. "I am in favor of a toll on trucks weighing more than 3.5 tons and on all roads, which would leave the trades out of the equation," jung told the frankfurter allgemeine zeitung ("FAZ"/saturday).
The additional federal funds had to go to rail freight transport. "An agreement should be reached with the states and municipalities that they will use their revenues to support public transport."
The newspaper wrote that jung wants such a toll on state and municipal roads. Up to now, tolls for trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tons or more have been compulsory on all federal highways and autobahns, a total of 52.000 kilometers of road.
Jung is heading a "climate coordination group" together with union vice faction leader georg nublein (CSU), which is to develop the basis for climate protection legislation for the union by september.
Jung and CDU leader annegret kramp-karrenbauer recently spoke out in a joint guest article for the german newspaper "welt am sonntag" in favor of promoting climate protection through tax reform. Both also speak out in favor of a scrappage scheme for oil-fired heating systems – and for the inclusion of sustainable development as a state objective in the basic law.
According to the FAZ, jung also advocated a reduction in the value-added tax on rail tickets, an increase in the ticket tax for domestic flights and a reform of the car tax, in which car taxation would be based on CO2 emissions. CO2 certificate trading is also necessary.