German Weight class on OBU Mandatory as of 1st January 2019

In Germany, declaration of your weight class on the On Board Unit since the 1st of January is absolutely necessary in order to avoid fines and punishment.

The new weight and axle declaration

From 1 January 2019, the truck toll will be calculated on the basis of emission class, weight class and, for vehicles or vehicle combinations with a gross vehicle weight over 18 tonnes, it will also be calculated based on the number of axles in accordance with the amended German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG). In addition, the costs of noise pollution will be taken into account. The weight classes are:

  • Not subject to toll: <7,5 tonnes
  • Weight class: ≥7.5 tonnes to <12 tonnes
  • Weight class: ≥12 tonnes to ≤18 tonnes
  • Weight class: >18 tonnes

All vehicles and vehicle combinations with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tonnes or more are subject to toll. The gross vehicle weight specified by the keeper at the time the vehicle was registered is usually saved permanently on the On-Board Unit. If the gross vehicle weight changes due to a trailer being attached/detached, the gross vehicle weight must be adjusted on the OBU before starting a journey.

This applies to all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight up to and including 18 tonnes. Above 18 tonnes, the axles must also be specified (≤3 axles or ≥4 axles). For vehicles or vehicle combinations with a gross vehicle weight less than 18 tonnes, it is optional to enter the number of axles.

You must ensure that your vehicle’s or vehicle combination’s gross vehicle weight is set correctly according to the new weight declaration before starting your journey otherwise you will face penalties and fines.