toll rates in 2024

Toll Rates in Europe for 2024

Published on 02.08.2024, by Martina PAGLIARANI

All the significant changes in toll rates through the different countries in Europe in 2024

The main reasons for changes in tolling

Toll rate changes in Europe are typically driven by a combination of factors aimed at ensuring the efficient operation, maintenance, and financing of road infrastructure while addressing broader transportation goals and societal needs. 

Some of the main reasons are: 

1. Environmental: Introduction of CO2 emissions class

In order to reach the climate improvement goals of reducing CO2 emissions, the European Commission amended the Eurovignette Directive (EU Directive 2022/362)

They impose pricing according to:

  • The CO2 emission class
  • The technically permissible max. weight F1

The CO2 law changed the tolling system rates for a lot of countries, such as Germany, Hungary, and Austria.
Hungary added a new scheme of penalty amount and added the J5 category, while Austria established a new procedure for vehicles with incorrect CO2 data registered.

2. Regulatory and economic: Creating notification and maximum toll rates

Such as for example in Bulgaria, where the violation notifications and the Maximum toll option, changed the toll rates

  • Road users can now pay a reduced fee called “Maximum toll” for violations detected from 1st, January 2024 
  • They have 14 days to pay after receiving the email notification 

The main affected countries in toll rates

This is a list of the most impacted countries, tunnels, and bridges in the increase of price for tolling:

  • France: The toll fees for highways will see a 3.5% average increase across all networks.
  • Italy: The general updates reached the 1.6%.
  • Poland: The recent update results in approximately between 13.2% and 15% increasing (know more).
  • Austria: The CO2 emissions, air pollution, and noise have been integrated into existing tariffs reaching 8.5% (discover more here).
  • Hungary: The average tariff increase is around 30%. It introduced a new tariff including external fees for CO2 emissions with 9 emission classes. A new category of 5+ axles has also been added, with an increase of 50% (read more here).
  • Belgium: In Flanders, a new zero-cent per kilometer category has been introduced for zero-emission vehicles, while tariffs in Wallonia have been indexed. The range of increase is between 5% and 17% (find out more).
  • Pont Øresund: The rate has been revised with an increase of about 2% (know more).
  • FLK Tunnel: Gained rates around 2%.
  • Storebaelt: Has an average rate of around 2.5% (discover here more).
  • Spain: The range increased from 5% to 6.65%.
  • Portugal: The range increase is around 2.1%.
  • Germany: Is the most affected Country, since is the result of the application of Co2 rates to transits in the second half of 2023 Bringing an increase around 65%.
  • Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Croatia: Against other countries increasing, these countries remain stable with no increase.

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