German mayors warn of Czech retaliation for road toll measure

Mayors on the German side of the Czech border have warned of the consequences of tolls that Germany intends to impose on foreign drivers from the start of 2016. The proposed tolls were unveiled by Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt on Monday and hit drivers even making short trips across the border on local roads. Mayors from towns and villages along the border have warned that Czech authorities could be tempted to retaliate in kind and impose similar tolls on foreign drivers on local routes and highways. At the moment Czech tolls apply only to motorways and apply to all drivers. The new German toll is expected to cost around 2,400 crowns a year.