Country:Germany
Year:2005
Policy status:Ended
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2005
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>User charges, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Taxes
Policy Target:Transport>Freight, Transport>Infrastructure and Planning
Description:Distance-based road freight fees will apply to heavy transport as of 2005. Drivers within Germany will pay between 0.09-0.14/km traversed, categorised by weight and emissions category. While the legislation allows for charges specific to time and place, both remain to be levied. In charging freight movements on the German motorways, the Government plans to collect €2.8 billion annually. In accordance with EU rules, this money may not flow into the German Federal Governments general budget, but must be used for specified purposes: mainly in upgrading transport infrastructure, on roads, rail and water routes. The automatic log-on system used by the German government uses a combination of mobile telecommunications (GSM) and satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS satellite signals and other positioning sensors calculate how many kilometres have already been driven on the toll route, the toll based on the vehicle and toll rate information.

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