From 1 October 2021, new tariffs for truck tolls will apply in Germany. The regulations for the toll-exempt status of natural gas vehicles have also been revised.
Toll rates apply retroactively from 28 October 2020
The toll rate proportion for infrastructure costs is being reduced retroactively as of 28 October 2020. On the other hand, the proportion for air pollution costs is increasing. In total, the toll rates per kilometre lower slightly depending on the emission class.
For journeys within the period from 28 October 2020 to 30 September 2021, tolls can be reimbursed on a pro rata basis upon application. The amount of the refund of the partial toll rate for infrastructure costs depends on the weight class. Applications for refunds can be made to the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) from 3 November 2021 via an online platform on its website. By that time, transport and logistics companies are to have all invoicing documents required for the application. Claims may be made until the end of 2023.
Revised regulations for toll-exempt status of natural gas vehicles
From 1 October 2021, the toll-exempt status for natural gas trucks shall only apply to vehicles delivered from the factory for operation with CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas) or for operation as dual fuel engines with LNG/diesel. The vehicles must also have a system approval in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 595/2009. The vehicles must comply with the requirements of emission class Euro VI and be configured by the vehicle manufacturer as a new vehicle powered predominantly by natural gas prior to initial registration in accordance with the traffic regulations.
Vehicles which have been subsequently retrofitted or have had one or more natural gas tanks added will be subject to toll from 1 October 2021. The same shall apply to natural gas vehicles which do not fall under emission class Euro VI. In principle, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) drives are subject to toll.
In recent weeks, Toll Collect has informed the owners of natural gas vehicles directly about the revised regulations.
Further information is available at www.bag.bund.de