In May 2023, the German government decided to make changes to the truck toll in Germany. The changes will come into force on December 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024. One new feature in particular is a mandatory toll for vehicles weighing 3.5 tons or more. Previously, the toll only applied to vehicles weighing 7.5 tons or more.
From December 1, 2023, a CO2 surcharge of 200 euros per ton of CO2 will be levied on trucks with a technically permissible total mass of more than 7.5 tons. And from July 1, 2024, tolls will be mandatory for vehicles with a technically permissible total mass of more than 3.5 tons. Previously, only vehicles with a technically permissible total mass of more than 7.5 tons were subject to tolls.
Exceptions from the toll
Among other things, vehicles are exempt from the toll for
- agricultural and forestry purposes,
- local public transport,
- the rescue service,
- for garbage collection and
- for the construction and maintenance of federal trunk roads.
Surcharges increase costs for logistics
The changes to the truck toll will have a significant impact on logistics companies. The CO2 surcharge will increase the cost of transporting goods by truck. The extension of the toll to vehicles with a technically permissible total mass of more than 3.5 tons will also lead to higher costs.
Logistics companies should prepare for the changes in truck tolls at an early stage. This includes calculating the costs of transporting goods and making adjustments to the logistics chain if necessary.
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