Germany: New Year 2022 Will Bring Many Changes to Country Drivers

Refueling will become more expensive again due to the new rate of payment for CO2 emissions2. The term for the exchange of driver’s license is running out. A speed control system is introduced. And further…

What awaits German drivers in the new 2022? 15 million electric vehicles by 2030 is the announced goal of the traffic light coalition. Everything should be subordinated to this. For the vast majority of motorists, this means they have to fund these plans with higher deductions. For example, with the help of what is now called a CO2 tax for motorists. It has been levied since 2021 and is regularly increased. Payments will increase again in 2022.

The electronic help system will receive many additional requirements. And hybrids will be deprived of co-financing. In addition, the first term of the obligation to exchange driver’s licenses, which has been talked about for many years, is about to expire. Autoclub Europa (ACE) explains four of the most important changes in the new year.

The collection for carbon dioxide emissions is increasing. “The next tier of CO2 pricing will take effect on 1 January 2022 and will rise from € 25 to € 30 per tonne of CO2. Since most of the emissions of fossil fuels for transport and heating are covered by the price of CO2, the price also rises. Diesel fuel is 1.6 cents per liter, and a liter of gasoline is on average 1.4 cents more expensive, ”calculates ACE. It’s minimum. How high prices actually rise depends on many factors, including the price of oil. But most of the price of fuel is still associated with the numerous taxes levied on it.

For diesel drivers, the situation could get worse: the traffic light coalition is considering adjusting the diesel tax rate. Then diesel fuel in one fell swoop will be about 18 cents more expensive. This is not a solution yet – but a likely scenario. By the way, millions of renters and homeowners have also been affected by the increased CO2 tax because fuel oil and natural gas are also subject to higher taxes.

Obligation to exchange driver’s license: “cardboard” will become invalid. An unlimited German driving license must be exchanged for a European Union driving license. And they have an expiration date, so they will have to be renewed over and over again. The good news is that you don’t have to take the exam again. The exchange takes place in stages, the initial period ends in 2022. “Anyone who was born between 1953 and 1958 and has a driver’s license issued before January 1, 1999 should exchange it quickly. The exchange period expires on January 19, 2022. Those born between 1959 and 1964 have one more year, ”ACE reports. Anyone checked by the police with an old driver’s license is not yet considered guilty of driving without a driver’s license. However, a fine and warning may be issued.

The new vehicles already have an on-board consumption monitoring system that the EU uses to collect data. The EU wants to regulate the car even more – for example, with a mandatory deceleration system. New models, launched for the first time, will be equipped with it from 2022. All other new cars in the lineup must be equipped with it no later than 2024. Other systems will also become mandatory. For example, these are emergency braking assistants and drowsiness warnings. Thanks to them, a decrease in the number of accidents is expected. However, technical devices will obviously make cars more expensive. Especially in the low price segment and for small cars. In the compact van segment, many electronic assistants and controllers are no longer new. And in the premium segment, they come standard.

Speed ​​control works with road sign recognition by a built-in camera and warns the driver of an overshoot using the in-cab display, a sound signal or a pulsating accelerator pedal. Such systems are already available as options from manufacturers such as Audi or BMW. Advantage: If you miss the speed limit sign, the car will slow down. And, perhaps, you will even save yourself from the fine from the camera. The disadvantage of this is that the electronic system will make drivers less alert to the situation on the road.

Speed ​​control can be disabled or ignored, for example when overtaking. But sooner or later, insurance companies will want to get data about the car after the accident. By law, black box data should only be assessed anonymously in order to improve investigation of the causes of accidents. But there is no guarantee that it will always be this way.

Anyone who orders a plug-in hybrid with a long wait time must find out if it will meet the criteria for an electromobility subsidy (“innovation bonus”). Because hybrids with insufficient electric range will no longer be dated by the state.

The ACE Automobile Club explains the details: “From 1 October 2022, plug-in hybrid buyers will only receive government funding if the vehicle has a minimum electric range of 60 kilometers or a CO2 criterion that provides a maximum CO2 emissions of 50 grams per kilometer. … The latter is no longer a funding criterion. ” The traffic light coalition is considering completely eliminating subsidies for hybrids in the future.

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