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Avoid tolls in route planning or not?

The toll comes on the federal highways

If “suspicious” camera pillars are soon to be found on German federal highways, it is not a matter of “speed cameras”, but rather new toll control devices. From July 2018, a toll for commercial vehicles with a total weight of 7.5 tonnes or more will also be levied on federal highways. Then a total of around 52,000 km for trucks across Germany are subject to tolls. So far, the toll has applied to around 12,800 km of motorway sections and 2,300 km of multi-lane federal highways. The toll revenues are invested in road construction. Last year the revenue was 4.6 billion euros. The additional toll is expected to be around 2 billion euros.

For the transport industry, the new toll means above all additional costs and it is important to recalculate and optimize all routes and costs. The manual effort is immense. This is why route planning software that calculates this automatically is a time and cost-saving alternative. Above all, it is important that the toll data and routes from the Federal Highway Research Institute ( BAST ) are used in route planning software are already integrated. You can of course also process the official toll data manually in your route planning. However, good planning software that automatically stores the data and logically links it to the road network is already more efficient in the planning process.

Michael Thärigen Team Porträt

The toll data is already
integrated in TransIT.

Michael Thärigen

The toll is only one aspect of route planning.

The toll should not be considered individually. Of course, you need the new toll data in advance of planning. Good route planning is not about avoiding tolls, but about optimizing routes and taking into account completely different parameters: route length, time limits, external restrictions, resource planning ... these are the important criteria for efficient route planning and route optimization. So the toll is only one aspect of many.

If you save time and distances by using a toll motorway or federal road, you have to use fewer vehicles and staff and can accept more orders, it pays off more than bypassing the toll. This is exactly what route planning software such as TransIT can calculate faster and better than “humans”. The more parameters that need to be taken into account and the more complex the tours are, the more sensible the software-based calculation is. In addition, tours in electronic form are the better option for controlling. The greater transparency of the data makes it easier to identify potential savings. So you can save 10% to 15% when converting to optimized planning. Here, too, a holistic view of all aspects makes sense.

The official toll data are available from the Federal Roads Office at

Incidentally, with the free optimizationCheck, gts shows you how easily and transparently planning with TransIT works according to your specifications.

Since July 2018, the truck toll has also been levied on German federal highways, so that all routes had to be recalculated. Toll Collect GmbH

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