Germany: BAG to be renamed as BALM from January
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The German Federal Office for the Transport of Goods (Bundesamt für Güterverkehr), or BAG, which is well known to most HGV drivers, is getting a new name. From January 1, 2023, it will be called the Federal Office of Logistics and Mobility (Bundesamt für Logistik und Mobilität), i.e. BALM, to “reflect the full range of tasks".
Regarding the name change, Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport, said that “the approximately 2,000 employees do an excellent job and have not been exclusively responsible for freight transport for a long time”.
“The Federal Office has grown into a comprehensive, modern service provider in all areas related to logistics and mobility. We are now making this content extension visible to the outside world. The new name shows what our Federal Office of Logistics and Mobility is capable of!”
BAG, founded in 1952, has eleven offices throughout Germany and one bigger office in Berlin in addition to the headquarters in Cologne.
As a control and prosecution authority in the field of road haulage, it has been an important contact for trade, politics and the public.
The body’s central task is the updating of control strategies, toll procedures and the digitization of penalty processes.
In addition, the BAG, as the approving authority, is responsible for the funding programs for toll harmonization as well as the promotion of energy-efficient and/or low-CO2 heavy commercial vehicles and the equipment of motor vehicles with turning assistance systems.