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Everything you need to know about the latest changes to Germany’s road toll system [GUIDE]

On July 1, 2024, the next stage of the road toll reform in Germany will come into force. The implementation of the first part of the reform, which took place in December 2023, had a revolutionary impact on the road transport industry. How can the influence of the new system on carriers and road transport in Europe be assessed today, more than a quarter after the first changes entered into force? The answer to this question can be found in this very handbook produced by the trans.iNFO editorial team.

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As soon as July of this year, the obligation to pay for toll roads in Germany will be extended to users of vehicles with a maximum total weight of 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes. This fee will depend on CO2 emissions among other things.

In the first part of the guide, we shall offer a deep dive into the latest changes, including the following:

  • the cost of new fees that will apply to lighter vehicles
  • the process of preparing for the changes
  • who will be exempt from paying the new road tolls

In the second part of our handbook, we’ll then move on to discuss the impact of the entire reform of the road toll system in Germany.

How have the reforms impacted the health of carriers and changed transport rates? To what extent have the road tolls been a shot in the arm for the electric truck market? Our handbook will answer all of those questions and more.

While these changes obviously affect the German haulage industry, it is also worth pointing out that international hauliers across Europe, particularly those from countries like Poland and Lithuania, are also impacted. To exemplify the point, Lithuania recorded a 19.05% share of the market in Germany last year.