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The ecotax is expensive for the State. Almost 10 years after the abandonment of this highly criticized measure, the latter has just been condemned by the courts. He will have to pay several tens of millions of euros to three electronic toll collection companies: Total Marketing Services, Eurotoll and DKV Euro Services.
In the sights of justice: the abandonment of this measure. This created harm for the companies in question. They had, in fact, to equip heavy goods vehicles with electronic toll boxes to pass through the eco-tax gates completely legally.
The latter had to buy this equipment in question… which was never used. The Cergy-Pontoise administrative court therefore ordered the State to pay 15.8 million euros to Total Marketing Services. DKV Euro Services will receive, for its part, 13.6 million euros. That of Eurotoll has not been specified.
The State condemned several times because of the ecotax
This new conviction follows several judgments condemning the State in its management of the ecotax fiasco. Already in 2021, justice considered, on appeal, that the companies had “suffered abnormal and special harm” because of the purchase of equipment to equip the trucks.
Also in 2018, “the court found that the State had committed a fault by terminating the contract concluded with Ecomouv”also recalled the administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise in its press release.
Even earlier, in 2015, this same Ecomouv company obtained net compensation of 403 million euros. The fault lies in the termination of the contract which mandated it to implement and collect the ecotax.
Remember that this measure aimed to make certain vehicles pay more for the highway. It was abandoned after the “Red Bonnets” rebellion, unleashed in 2014 in Brittany.
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To sum up
The State has just been condemned again because of the ecotax fiasco. He will have to pay several millions to three electronic toll companies, Total Marketing Services, Eurotoll and DKV Euro Services. The fault lies in the cancellation of this measure almost 10 years ago.
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