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Prepare for Germany’s new 3.5 tonne toll from July

Tolls will apply to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) from 1 July 2024. With this deadline fast approaching, the Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility (BALM) is reminding haulage companies to prepare.

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BALM recommends equipping vehicles over 3.5 tonnes with an On-Board Unit (OBU) for reliable and automatic toll collection. The Office highlights that demand for OBUs for vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes is currently low.

“To ensure OBU delivery before 1 July 2024, vehicle owners must apply now,” explains the authority. “Otherwise, tolls must be paid manually on the Toll Collect website or app before each journey. This is particularly time-consuming for companies with frequent trips, compared to automatic collection via an OBU.”

Hauliers who fail to pay the toll on vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from 1 July will face administrative penalties.

Therefore, it’s crucial for hauliers to secure OBUs for their trucks as soon as possible. BALM warns that “delays in applying may mean the OBU cannot be installed before 1 July 2024.” OBUs are available from Toll Collect, European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) providers, or their commercial partners.