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Truck toll in Germany and other EU countries

Gerhard Hänel
Gerhard Hänel09.07.2018 15 min

Table of contents

  1. Quick overview
  2. HGV toll in Germany
  3. HGV toll in Austria
  4. HGV toll in Belgium
  5. HGV toll in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden
  6. HGV toll in Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  7. HGV Toll in France
  8. HGV toll in Italy
  9. HGV toll in Poland
  10. HGV toll in the Czech Republic

Quick overview

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Truck toll in Germany

In Germany, tolls are compulsory for trucks and vehicle combinations with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tonnes or more. This applies to all federal highways (road types: motorways and federal highways) and begins with the drive onto these. In order to determine the amount of the toll, each vehicle must be classified in a pollutant class. The number of axles of the truck and from 01.01.2019 on also the permissible total weight must be taken into account. The number of kilometres subject to toll is recorded with an on-board unit from TollCollect and is ultimately (in addition to the toll rate) the factor on which the actual toll depends. If the vehicle is classified in a class by the parameters mentioned, it can be forecast what amount will accrue per kilometre of the driven distance. The fee range in Germany is between 0.081 euros and 0.218 euros per kilometre.

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Truck toll in Austria

In Austria, the toll obligation for trucks and vehicle combinations already exists from a permissible total weight of 3.5 tons. The number of axles and the emission class are used to categorise the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle category and time, the costs are between 0.1810 euros and 0.4536 euros per kilometre driven. All motorways and expressways in Austria are subject to tolls. If you want to drive on these roads, you must purchase a GO box from GO Maut, which records the number of kilometres covered subject to tolls. The toll can only be paid with this box.

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Truck toll in Belgium

Belgium's road network is divided into three regions: Flanders with the Brussels motorway, Brussels city centre and Wallonia. Each region sets its own taxes and charges for the use of its roads. Within all areas, the toll to be paid per kilometre depends on the permissible total weight (from 3.5 tonnes) and the corresponding pollutant class. The number of kilometres subject to tolls is therefore decisive for the total amount of the toll; this is recorded with an on-board unit from Viapass. The motorway tolls differ only slightly and range from 0.076 euros to 0.206 euros per kilometre depending on the vehicle category. The inner city area of Brussels, on the other hand, is significantly more expensive, in some cases up to 50%.

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Truck toll in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden (Euro-Vignette)

The truck toll in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden must be paid by purchasing the so-called Euro-Vignette. The Euro-Vignette is valid for trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 12 tons or more. Such vehicles must have a vignette when using motorways and toll motorways. In the Netherlands, the vignette requirement applies on the country's higher-level road network. In Luxembourg, all motorways for trucks registered abroad and the entire road network for trucks registered in Luxembourg require vignettes. In Denmark, lorries registered abroad are subject to vignettes on all motorways and expressways, so-called E-roads. In Sweden, in addition to motorways, the trunk roads E4, E10, E12, E14, E22 and E65 are affected. It does not matter in which country the vignette is purchased, it is valid during the corresponding validity period in all Euro vignette countries. The price of the vignette is determined not only by the pollutant class and the number of axles but also by the desired period of validity. Periods from one day to one year are possible - in weeks and months. In principle, the Euro-Vignette is one of the cheapest toll solutions in Europe.

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Truck toll in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

In Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, the toll obligation for trucks already exists from a permissible total weight of 3.5 tons and applies to all roads of the countries. In addition to the permissible total weight and the pollutant class, the number of kilometres driven subject to tolls is also decisive for the toll amount to be paid. Depending on the vehicle category, costs range from approx. 0.02 Euro to approx. 0.027 Euro per tonne kilometre. The distance covered is recorded by an on-board unit.

Calculation examples:

12t * 100km * 2.28 Rp. (Euro 6) = 27,36 CHF

40t * 52km * 3.10 Rp. (Euro 2) = 64,48 CHF

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Truck toll in France

If you want to use a motorway or another toll road in France with a truck of 3.5 tonnes or more, you need an on-board unit that is compatible with the French TIS PL toll system for uncomplicated toll payment. However, the toll can also be paid manually via the numerous toll stations. The OBU is ideal because the French toll road network is currently managed by approx. 22 concessionaires, each with different cost structures and toll systems. The toll rate varies depending on the operator and distance. However, the average cost is around € 0.13 per kilometre. For larger cities such as Paris or Lyon, there are toll-free bypasses. The French vehicle categorisation uses the number of axles and the vehicle height as parameters. In addition, certain sections of the route are subject to tolls depending on the direction of travel, day of the week and time of passing.

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Truck toll in Italy

Tolls in Italy result from the distance and the number of axles of the truck. The Telepass is a popular payment method for the country's toll, but it must be ordered in advance.

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Truck toll in Poland

In Poland, the truck tolling system is complex, as there are clear differences between state and private operators in the level and type of toll collection. For lorries, charges are levied on most toll routes on the basis of kilometres driven per OBU or similar. In exceptional cases, tolls are levied at toll stations. The motorway sections A2 Poznan to Konin and A4 Katowice to Krakow are such exceptions. The classifications are based on parameters such as number of axles and permissible total weight. The classification into pollutant classes and road type is only carried out by the state operator. However, the costs per kilometre are generally between approx. 0.023 Euro and approx. 0.33 Euro.

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Truck toll in Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, vehicles with a permissible total weight of more than 3.5 tonnes are subject to tolls; in the case of combinations, only the towing vehicle is taken into account. However, the permissible total weight of the vehicle is irrelevant for the specific toll calculation. Parameters such as the number of axles, the emission class and the road type, but also the weekday and the time are used for the calculation. The on-board unit OBU 5051 is required to record the number of kilometres driven subject to tolls. The price per kilometre is between approx. 0.031 Euro and approx. 0.33 Euro, depending on the categorisation.

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Since toll rates are subject to constant changes, the information is without guarantee.