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Adjustment of German toll (Maut)

The new Maut tax rates in Germany will apply from 1 January 2019 and we are working to adjust our road tax charges, which will be available on our website before the end of December.

On 18 October 2018, the German Bundestag passed into law the fifth amendment to the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (Bundesfernstraßenmautgesetz).  
The substance of the newly amended law will place more emphasis on the weight of a given vehicle when calculating individual tolls. The amendment also governs external cost recovery for noise pollution and toll waivers for electric lorries and vehicles powered by natural gas. 
As a result of the amendment, toll rates will be updated on the basis of the German government’s report on infrastructure costs from 2018 to 2022. Subsequently, the legal basis for costs incurred for infrastructure and air pollution will be expanded to include a basis for cost recovery for noise      pollution. The German Federal government expects the amendment to result in an increase in toll revenue totalling EUR 4.16 billion by 2022.  
Following on the regional toll expansion in July 2018, the impending toll rate increase, which will take effect on 1 January 2019, represents the second massive toll rate increase within a six-month period. 
We ask for your understanding, as the higher costs associated with these increases will be passed on to our customers.
If you got any questions, your DB Schenker contact will be available with further information.