Vehicles with a weight of 7.5 tonnes or more must also now pay a toll charge. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt experienced the planned extension of the toll requirement for himself last night following a visit to the toll operator Toll Collect in Berlin. Only trucks with a weight of 12 tonnes or higher were required to pay a toll on motorways and selected federal trunk roads up to now.
The toll rate will also include two additional axle classes from 1 October: The axle classes 2,3,4 as well as "5 and more" axles will now be valid. Hanns-Karsten Kirchmann, CEO of Toll Collect GmbH: "We have once again fulfilled the mandate of the Federal Government reliably and on time. It is the third major project that we have successfully implemented this year. This shows just how flexible the toll system is and the wealth of knowledge Toll Collect has."
Representatives of the toll company's shareholders also attended the evening event for Toll Collect at Potsdamer Platz. Daimler Financial Services and Deutsche Telekom both hold a 45 percent stake in Toll Collect, while the French company Vinci Group holds ten percent of the shares.
Dr. Thomas Kremer, the Executive Board member of Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for Toll Collect, acknowledged Toll Collect's performance: "The employees have delivered excellent results over the last few years. Everybody deserves our special thanks for this outstanding achievement. The system is an excellent example of cutting-edge technology made in Germany. It works virtually error-free and is highly efficient."
Bodo Uebber, the Executive Board member of Daimler AG responsible for Finance and Controlling and Financial Services, stressed the leading technological role of the toll system: "The satellite-based toll system is and remains a technological flagship project. If Toll Collect hadn't done it already, someone else would have invented it by now. The system is prepared for the future."
Pierre Coppey, Executive Board member of Vinci responsible for concessions, had the following to say: "We at Vinci are proud to be a part of this project. Toll Collect has once again shown what can be achieved. We believe in the future of Toll Collect GmbH!"
The reduction to the toll requirement took around a year to prepare. All systems were equipped with new software covering everything from registration and control to the billing procedure. Toll Collect also launched a comprehensive information campaign in order to inform the companies concerned about the new requirements.
The extension of the toll requirement to include vehicles of 7.5 tonnes or more is already the third major toll project which Toll Collect has successfully completed this year. New toll rates were introduced at the beginning of the year. Since then, the toll rate has been made up of two components: There is the partial toll rate for infrastructure, which is based on the axle class and the other partial toll rate is in place for air pollution caused by trucks, which is determined based on the emission class. The following applies: No costs for modern heavy-duty trucks of emission class Euro 6 will be incurred for causing air pollution. An additional 1,100 kilometres of federal trunk road were also added to the toll-liable route network in July 2015. All projects were implemented according to plan.