Road charges in Germany will hit many EU countries

The German government increased rates for truck transit on highways and federal roads starting December 1.

The law imposing higher rates in Germany is the result of the EU Directive that requires member states to differentiate road charges based on CO2 emissions. The charge amount will depend on the vehicle emission standard.

According to BGL, the German largest transportation association, fees on German roads could increase by up to 83%. Such a large increase will hit the pockets not only of freight forwarding companies in Germany, but also of most EU countries.