From 1 January 2019, the toll increase in Germany, which has been announced for some time, will come into force. Our federal government hopes that this will generate an additional annual revenue of 7.2 billion euros. This is based on both the weight class and the number of axles. In order to prevent the bypass, the toll will apply not only to highways but also to federal roads.
But exceptions confirm the rule: electric trucks, natural gas-powered trucks and vehicles with a maximum design speed of 40 km/h will be exempted from tolls.
What does this mean for the consumer and how will the toll increase affect the economy?
The expected toll effect
In the future, consignments and freight rates will be charged with a surcharge of 10%. The prices will be adjusted and the toll will be passed on to the end consumer, who will have to bear the consequences: Although this does not necessarily affect our daily shopping in the supermarket, it does affect all the larger purchases such as new furniture or a relocation.
To illustrate, a brief example from the magazine Welt is helpful: a 40t truck transports goods over a distance of 300 kilometers, half of which is on a motorway and half on a federal highway. Up to now, the haulage company had to pay a toll of around 20 euros. In the future, the toll will be 46 euros – which is more than twice as much.
“The consumer pays” is no solution!
Not everyone can skyrocket prices. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular will be severely burdened by the toll increase if they do not pass on the costs. In spite of everything, there are actually alternatives: Where more costs are invested, savings can be made elsewhere. Some companies, for example, have a truck supply control system for this purpose. The aim is to increase efficiency and save costs. But how to do so?
Many areas in the company can still be optimized and better planned. This is not only about vehicles and employees, but also about routes. There will also be routes in the future that are not subject to tolls. Now it is up to optimal planning to coordinate the routes appropriately and consequently save costs.
However, the exact costs can only be guessed so far. But one thing is certain: the next few months will lead to unforeseeable changes in logistics – for freight forwarders and consumers.
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