EU court declares Germany's highway tolls illegal

The European Court of Justice has ruled that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers from other European Union countries

The Luxembourg court's ruling means Germany will have to drop or revise its highway toll system.

All motorists have to pay the toll according to their vehicle's size and engine type, but German taxpayers can file for refunds.

Austrian Transport Minister Andreas Reichhardt applauded the ruling not as a victory for his country, but for the European Union as a whole.

"Since I'm a staunch European I think that this ruling of the EU court of justice is truly a good day for the European Union and community," he told reporters in Vienna. "This is also a clear signal of fairness for Europe."