Today, on 1 December 2023, Article 1 of the amended Federal Trunk Road Toll Act comes into effect. With it, the CO₂ emission class is introduced as a new tariff property and, due to a CO₂ surcharge, the toll tariffs will increase.
The change to the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG) has been approved by the German parliament and Federal Council today. This confirms that the CO₂ toll will commence on 1 December 2023. The Technically Permissible Maximum Laden Mass (TPMLM) will also become the basis for assignment to the weight class. The toll requirement for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will follow from 1 July 2024.
The draft legislation from the Federal Government on the amendment to the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG) specifies that CO₂ emissions classes will be introduced as a new tariff feature from 1 December 2023. The Technically Permissible Maximum Laden Mass (TPMLM) will also become the basis for assignment to the weight class. These steps will allow you to prepare in advance for the extension of the truck toll.
Avoid deinstallation of the OBU if you sell your vehicle or your entire fleet to another company. The Vehicle / Fleet transfer function enables you to transfer up to 150 vehicles to the new owner directly with just a few clicks. The only requirement is that both companies are registered Toll Collect customers and have active access to the customer portal.
From 1 January 2023, new tariffs for truck tolls will apply in Germany. In particular, the proportion of the toll rate for air pollution and noise pollution will be differentiated according to weight class from January, which is different from previous practice.
On 25 November 2022, the Bundesrat approved the fifth amendment to the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG), which contains the toll rates applicable with effect from 1 January 2023. Publication of the act in the Federal Gazette signifies the conclusion of the legislative process.
The Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) has activated the online platform you can use to submit an application for toll reimbursement. The toll rate portion for infrastructure costs for journeys within the period from 28 October 2020 to 30 September 2021 can be reimbursed.
From 1 October 2021, the toll-exempt status for trucks powered by natural gas shall only apply to natural gas 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, and which have system approval in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 595/2009.
From the end of August 2020, an update to the OBU software will provide drivers and operators with various new features. The information for the driver will be clearer and more informative. The update will be transferred to the OBU via the mobile network. No trucks will have to go into the workshop.
Since 1 January 2019, natural gas powered vehicles have been exempt from the truck toll. The exemption applies until 31 December 2020. The Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) has now specified the requirements for the toll exemption.
If a truck has been decommissioned for an extended period or has been travelling outside of Germany, this message could appear on the OBU display: "OPERATING DATA INVALID". The LED will also light up red. Here are some tips on how to proceed if this happens.
As of today, all federal trunk roads in Germany are subject to toll for motor vehicles and vehicle combinations with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tonnes or more. The toll road network in Germany now includes around 52,000 kilometres of motorways and federal trunk roads.