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Truck toll: Extension to all German federal roads

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Since 1 January 2005, there has been a truck toll in Germany, calculated according to the route. The toll obligation, initially applicable to German motorways only, was subsequently extended to trucks over 7.5 t and, since mid-2015, has also applied to a limited number of German federal roads. As of 1 July 2018, the truck toll is to be extended to all federal roads in Germany. This new regulation applies to trucks with a total weight of 7.5 t and more and the toll should be calculated, according to currently available information, in the same way as a kilometre driven on the motorway. 

Along with the modification of the truck toll, Germany plans to extend the affected road network by approx. 40,000 kilometres. Currently, there are approx. 12,000 kilometres of motorways and selected federal roads – mostly multi-lane ones – subject to the toll. Starting from 1 July 2018, this number will jump to 52,000 kilometres. This measure will affect all transport companies, whether they are engaged in local transport, distribution or long-distance transport. In addition to substantial supplementary revenue for the German federal budget (estimated at approx. EUR 2 billion or 50% per year), another of the aims is to limit the existing traffic on routes used by drivers avoiding the toll. 

The current regulation for motorways will be extended, as from 1 July 2018, to additional kilometres subject to the toll. The toll will therefore be calculated by the route travelled on a road subject to the toll, as well as by the number of axles of the vehicle or the set of vehicles and the applicable emission standard.

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