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The fourth amendment to the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG) has been in force since 31 March 2017. This has paved the way for expanding the toll to all federal trunk roads as of 1 July 2018.The German government thereby aims to improve the financing of federal motorways and trunk roads and guarantee a modern, safe and efficient traffic infrastructure in Germany. For this reason, the user financing needs to be supported.
The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) contracted Toll Collect to lay the technical groundwork. With the extension, the federal toll system will grow to 40,000 kilometres of federal trunk road. Currently, a total of 15,000 kilometres of motorway and federal trunk road is subject to charge. And that applies to only one direction of travel for each road.
Customers already registered with Toll Collect and whose trucks are equipped with an on-board unit (OBU) require no further action for the toll network expansion and are fully prepared. Automatic toll collection via an on-board unit offers clear advantages for customers. Drivers can change their route at any time without cancelling or partially cancelling their current route. This provides flexibility and saves companies time and money on a daily basis.
The expansion of the toll road network means that many more companies will be using the toll system. Companies that will join the toll system starting in 2018 should decide in advance how they want to pay the fee. For companies that frequently use toll roads, it is best to pay tolls using automatic log-on via an on-board unit.
These companies should register online via the Toll Collect customer portal in order to have an OBU installed. Vehicles can then be registered. Next, the company visits a service partner who will install the OBU. Toll Collect provides the unit free of charge and the company pays for the installation.
Log-on via the OBU may also be a good alternative for customers who previously used manual log-on for toll collection. Therefore companies should stay informed and act as soon as possible.
From October 2017, the On-Board Units will be gradually prepared for toll on all federal trunk roads. Neither the transport companies nor the truck drivers have to do anything at all. The update of the OBUs will be done automatically. It will be apparent by a new screen on the display of the unit. In future during the journey, it will show the number of axles, the abbreviation DE (if the truck is travelling in Germany) and the weight. Depending on the gross vehicle weight set for the vehicle, either the value "< 7.5 tonnes" or "=> 7.5 tonnes" will be displayed.
The section that is currently being travelled, the toll amount collected for it and the total amount of the current journey will no longer be displayed. In addition, the acoustic signal used to date when driving through a route section has been discontinued.
The OBUs will be gradually switched to the new screen by spring 2018.
Log-on via the app
The app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone from February 2018. It can be downloaded from the app stores.
Routes can be logged on from the road with ease using the app on a smartphone or tablet. Prior registration with Toll Collect is not necessary. Registered Toll Collect customers can also use their customer portal access data for the app. This means that you will also be able to use the app to access your vehicle data from the portal.
As an unregistered customer, you can create a log-on account. This allows you to save vehicles and routes in the app and also for logging on at the terminal and online.
Since December 2017, it has been possible to log on online via stationary PCs and on the go via smartphones and tablets. The new online log-on has replaced the Internet Reservation System.
Access data for the Internet Reservation System are therefore no longer valid. Instead, registered customers can use their access data for the Toll Collect customer portal. Customers who do not have access to the portal yet can request the codes to activate their account using the contact form.
What's new is that non-registered customers can also log on online. You can also use any internet-capable device.
Online log-on is supported by the most widely used browsers.
We are starting to install 1,100 new toll terminals from mid-December 2017 which will supplement online log-on in future. These will be set up in Germany and in areas in other countries that are close to the border, near to connection points, at lay-bys, truck stops and petrol stations.
Until the rollout is completed in May 2018, it will be possible to log on truck toll via the old toll terminals at the former terminal sites where new units have yet to be installed. You need to be aware that, in this period, routes logged on to via the old manual log-on procedure can only be cancelled via the old toll terminals. The same applies to routes which are logged on to via the new manual log-on. In this case it is only possible to cancel a route, if needed, at the new terminals or via the new online log-on.
With the new and improved manual log-on you can log on and cancel routes across all log-on options. This is another improvement on the former manual log-on procedure.
The remaining old toll terminals will be switched off in the second quarter of 2018, and log-on will then no longer be possible on these terminals.
In the future, enforcement pillars will enforce compliance with the toll requirement - in addition to mobile enforcement - on federal trunk roads. The blue pillars, which are almost four metres high, are currently being set up. Some are already enforcing compliance with the toll requirement on federal trunk roads that are currently subject to toll.