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Road tax in Austria for freight vehicles

On 1 January 2004, road pricing was introduced in Austria for freight vehicles using the network of larger roads, dependent upon the number of kilometers travelled. The new law affects all road transport vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 tonnes.

The basis for this law is as follows:
  • Road pricing regulation for A-roads of 16.7.2002
  • Road pricing regulation of 5.11.2002
  • Road pricing exemption regulation of 20.12.2002
  • Road pricing regulation of 21.6.2007
  • Road pricing regulation of 10.4.2008
  • Road pricing regulation of 01.01.2012
The existing special tolls will also continue to be charged.

Road pricing for freight vehicles has the character of a charge for the distance driven. As a result, we cannot bear the additional costs which arise, despite our efforts to optimize transportation.

DHL Freight

In these areas, an additional road pricing charge for freight vehicles has been introduced as of 01 January 2004 for all groupage and part load consignments shipped in Austria.

Road tax for Germany and transit countries

Road tax for trucks was introduced on 1 January 2005 as a public charge on all motorways in Germany. All goods-carrying road vehicles of over 12 tons in total permissible weight are subject to the new charge. The legal basis for road pricing is the Motorway Toll Act, which came into force on 12.04.2002.

Other countries like Switzerland or the Czech Republic for example have also introduced a road tax for trucks.
Road Freight – Groupage, Part- and Full Load
DHL Freight charges the road tax from 1 January 2005 on for all Road Freight transports to Germany and in the following transit countries:

Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark.

Road Pricing Tables DHL Freight:

The calculation of road pricing is based on:
  • The number of kilometers covered subject to road pricing
  • The number of vehicle axles
  • The pollutant class of the vehicle
Despite our efforts to optimize transportation, DHL, like every other company in the transport sector, is unable to compensate additional road pricing costs through our transport prices.

The Official Gazette Part II, Regulation number 395 became effective on 30 December 2012. The Regulation determines the road tax charges for Austria.
Road charges/Roadpricing in Austria per January 1st 2013 (excl. VAT)

Emission CategoryTariff group2 axes
€ / km
3 axes
€ / km
4 and more axes
EURO VIA0,1490,20860,3129
EEVB0,1550,21700,3255
EURO IV + VC0,1700,23800,3570
EURO 0 - IIID0,1930,27020,4053

The total increase of all vehicle types and tariff groups is 3%. According to § 9 Abs. 1 BStMG the road charge on A12 between border at Kufstein and Innsbruck/Amras (A13) is 15%.

We are forced to pass on these additional costs to our customers per January 1st 2013.

Road Tax Charge Tables
Please find below the updated road tax charge tables as pdf.
The toll charge affects all vehicles with more than 3,5 hzG and is valid on all Austrian motorways and highways.