This, the European Commission said on Thursday, unfairly discriminates against foreign drivers, including those from EU member states, therefore violating EU law.Here in Corruptistan, motorists get an inducement to purchase the I-Pass (or the EZ-Pass, which works in several states) each time they pass a tolling station, as there is a sign comparing the cash rate with the lower pass rate. But to subscribe to the I-Pass or the EZ-Pass requires a motorist to put some cash on deposit with the tollway authority. It's worth doing for an Illinois resident who uses the Tollway a lot, particularly to reach the turnpikes heading east. It's not worth doing for a Nebraskan or Arkansan making an occasional visit to the state. Are those Huskers and Razorbacks facing undue prejudice?
"It is the Commission's duty – as Guardian of the Treaties – to ensure that such charges do not discriminate between domestic and foreign drivers in the EU," the Commission wrote in a statement.
Germany has two months to make reforms to the planned toll, or the Commission says it will bring the country to the European Court of Justice.
PER COROLLARY, IS THE I-PASS UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
Germany is installing tolling on die Autobahnen. (That's one European social democratic feature I could get on board with here.) But German residents (citizens? taxpayers?) get part of their toll rebated against their motor vehicle taxes, and that's creating an international incident.