Excessive truck toll charges in Germany

Use our services to recover overpaid fees from the German state.

In a nutshell.

Freight forwarders and other companies that have paid truck tolls in Germany between 2017 and 2020 can reclaim about 4% of these amounts from the Federal Republic of Germany. The ECJ found that Germany should not have charged costs for traffic police. The claims must be asserted against the authorities or through the administrative courts. The claims from 2017 threaten to become time-barred at the end of 2020. Our team of specialist lawyers for administrative law and litigation will support you in this process at fair, transparent and fixed prices.

Background.

The calculation of the amount of the truck toll in Germany is determined by the authorities. Germany has included the costs of the traffic police in the toll until recently. Following a submission by the Higher Administrative Court of Münster, the ECJ issued a binding ruling that this practice is illegal and that the companies concerned can directly base their claims on this infringement.

Claims for reimbursement.

Under German administrative law, affected companies are entitled to reimbursement of the excessive toll charges. As an approximate value, these claims for reimbursement amount to approximately 4% of the truck toll fees paid by the companies between 2017 and 2020. The basis of the reimbursement claims are the respective toll payment receipts. Claims are subject to a statute of limitations at the end of the third calendar year following the year in which the claim arose, i.e. for claims from 2017, the statute of limitations expires at the end of this year (2020). Consequently, short-term measures should be taken to prevent the statute of limitations. Of course, we will support you in this respect as well.

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