Last reviewed 8 October 2019

The German authorities have announced a change in the toll-exempt status of natural gas vehicles effective from 1 October 2019.

Natural gas vehicles have been exempted from the truck toll since 1 January 2019. The exemption is valid until 31 December 2020. Vehicles powered by LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) are not exempt from the toll.

Bivalent natural gas vehicles (with engines that can use two different types of fuel) will in future benefit from the previous toll exemption only if they can prove a minimum natural gas tank volume of 300 litres or 115 kg of LNG.

The volume requirement can be met with one large or several small tanks.

If the minimum tank volume is proven, the statement said, it will be presumed that natural gas is used predominantly for normal operation of the vehicle. This presumption can however be refuted in individual cases by Germany’s Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG).

Bivalent natural gas vehicles that do not fulfil the minimum tank volume requirement will not be registered as toll-exempt by Toll Collect which operates the world's first satellite-assisted toll system for trucks.

Registrations of such vehicles completed before 1 October 2019 will, the company has confirmed, be cancelled.