Germany works on toll extension ‘maut-network’
Germany is working hard on the extension of the mileage charge for freight traffic to the entire network of federal highways (Bundesstraßen). From the 1st of July, trucks heavier than 7.5 tonnes and combinations must not only pay tolls (maut) on motorways, but also on national roads, the federal highways (Bundesstraßen) in Germany. Different than on the highways, Bundesstraßen do not use portal checks to see if passing trucks have to pay toll, the so-called ‘maut’.
Instead of that, they will place around 600 control columns along roads in the whole of Germany. According to Toll Collect, the operator of the toll system said, for the time being they will place a control colum in each state.
Recently they also placed one as well at the border crossing Enschede-Gronau, right on the border along the German B54. The blue-green, 4-metre high column looks like a speed camera, but it is not. So do not be alarmed, it is a control column for the German trucker toll!
The control columns are checking passing trucks if they have to pay toll but also if they really pay this. This is done by cameras in the column and an electronic system on board the truck. If everything is in order, the data will be erased. The control columns are intended to supplement the systems on the motorways.
The control column along the B54 between Enschede and Gronau is the only one in this region!