Electronic vignettes instead of paper ones in the Czech Republic

Several changes await freight carriers in this country at the same time: paper vignettes will be replaced by electronic ones and the period of validity of annual vignettes will be changed to 365 days (instead of the calendar year). A fee for trucks for noise and pollution emissions is also being introduced, and the toll road network will be expanded by 900 more kilometers.

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Transport changes in Austria

In the neighboring country, toll rates are also set to increase on average between 1.4% and 2%. The base rate (per kilometer) will be adjusted for inflation and increased by 1.5%. Additional charges for air pollution will be adjusted to the maximums provided by EU legislation. At the same time, no additional charge will have to be paid for electric and hydrogen vehicles. Noise emission costs will remain unchanged: a 1.5% discount for Euro 6 trucks will remain

Night-time truck traffic ban in the Alps

From the beginning of 2021, only vehicles of the following categories will be able to use the route through the Brenner Pass:

  • those transporting perishable goods and printed materials
  • Vehicles required to provide emergency medical assistance
  • transporting live animals
  • transport in connection with the construction and reconstruction of the road infrastructure on the A12 and A13 freeways or the construction of the Brennerbasistunnel
  • vehicles for towing cars and roadside assistance
  • vehicles loaded or moving for transport by rail, to or from rail terminals in Halle and Wergl, provided that such transport is confirmed by an appropriate document.
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Transport changes in Germany

Already next year, hauliers will have to bear additional costs. From January 2021, the rate for emitting one tonne of CO2 in Germany will be 25 euros. By 2025 it will rise to 55 euros, in 2026 – to 65 euros.
It is assumed that the fee will be introduced for refineries and gas suppliers. Ultimately, however, the increase in fees will affect end users. Gasoline and diesel prices will increase: according to the Federal Ministry of the Environment, from 2021 gas will be more expensive by about 7 cents / liter, diesel – by 8 cents / liter.

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Transport in 2021

The transportation of goods is an essential factor in the smooth operation of economies around the world. Since the start of the pandemic, the transport sector has shown great perseverance, despite some companies facing up to half as many orders.

In 2021, transport companies will continue to optimize their working methods to the new conditions. All the more so as the industry faces new challenges such as changes in trade relations within the EU and with the UK, additional restrictions on travel within Europe or stricter requirements on drivers’ working hours.
To support road hauliers, we have prepared an overview of the main changes in the transport industry in 2021, about which more is known every day and for which it is worth preparing now.

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