EU says probe suspends launch of German road toll

BRUSSELS, July 23 (Reuters) - An European Commission state aid probe into German subsidies to truck drivers would effectively suspend the introduction of a new German road toll system planned for August 31, a Commission spokesman said.

The Commission, the EU's executive, opened the investigation on Wednesday.

"The whole system is suspended," European Commission spokesman Gilles Gantelet told Reuters.

Despite the Commission's statement, a spokesman from the German Transport Ministry in Berlin said the implementation of the toll system for August 31 was not in danger, adding the ministry welcomed the EU decision.