Starting today, HGVs weighing 12 tonnes or more have to pay tolls on a further approximately 1,100 kilometres of near motorway standard federal highways. This means that HGV tolls are now charged on around 15,000 kilometres of motorways and federal highways.
The Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, said:
We are progressively extending the HGV tolling scheme. We are ring-fencing the revenue for investment in our roads in order to increase their capacity even further. Modern infrastructure is the basis of growth, prosperity and jobs.
The extension of the HGV tolling scheme is part of the investment ramp-up launched by Minister Dobrindt. This involves permanently increasing investment in infrastructure by around 40 percent to over 14 billion euros per year. The next steps are as follows.
- HGV tolling will be extended to cover HGVs with a maximum permissible weight between 7.5 tonnes and 12 tonnes on 1 October 2015.
- HGV tolling will be extended to all federal highways in 2018.
HGV tolls have been charged on federal motorways since January 2005 and, additionally, on around 1,200 kilometres of near motorway standard federal highways since August 2012. Currently, tolls are payable by HGVs with a maximum permissible weight of 12 tonnes or more.