Truck Toll

Truck Toll

Starting Point
In 1995 in Germany a European road tax disc was introduced for the first time that was, however, all-inclusive and not gradated in terms of performance. Since 2005 a performance-related, pollutant-dependent, and predominately satellite supported truck-toll been in place. In spite of this the transportation payments concerning trucks are climbing dramatically. The Bundestag and Bundesrat agreed in November, 2008 to an amendment with the following vertices:

Definition
After the publication of the updated road maintenance cost survey in December, 2007 the increase of average toll rates to a maximum of 17 ct/km was made legally possible. This margin should - according to GBG's opinion, it should also not include compensation measures - be completely exhausted in order to strengthen the polluter-pays-principle and the cost internalisation of truck transportation. In addition, foreign trucks that must cross through Germany cannot be exempted from these measures, so that, as a general trend, a strengthening of competition capability of German haulers would occur because of their newer, more sparing, and lower emissions-emitting armada. At the same time the federal government should establish, on a European level, that the toll does can not only internalize road maintenance costs, but also external environmental costs; this would compensate for the narrow boundaries of the toll rate.

In addition the basis of measurement of the truck toll should be further developed as follows:

Anticipated Revenues
Depending on precise arrangements, it is possible for the tax revenue from truck tolls to reach 500 million Euros in the short term. The additional long-term tax revenue potential, depending on the final plan, could reach up to 4 billion Euros. Currently this flows automatically into the Federal Transportation Ministry's budget, which must accordingly be changed in favour of the general budget.