Introduction of a CO₂-dependent toll in Austria from 1st of January 2024

With an amendment to the Federal Road Toll Act and the ASFINAG Act, Austria implemented the new EU Eurovignette Directive.

From 1st of January 2024, not only infrastructure and traffic -related costs due to air and noise pollution with be included in the GO toll, but also the vehicle's traffic based CO2 emissions. The new pricing system for the mileage-based GO toll applies to vehicles with more than 3.5 tonnes of technically permissible total mass and will be introduced in stages from 2024 to 2026.

The mileage-based toll for motor vehicles over 3.5 tonnes maximum technically permissible laden mass, including surcharges for air and noise pollution and CO2 emission is valid from 1 January 2024. The surcharge CO2 emissions in the GO toll will be gradually increased over three years. In 2024, the GO toll increased by around +7.4 % for the majority of vehicles. Without taking inflation adjustments into account, the new CO2 tariffs would result in the following adjustments for the majority of vehicles based on the total rates: 2025: around 5.5 %, 2026: around 5.2 %.

CO₂ emission classes are used to categorise vehicles and were introduced to reduce traffic-related CO₂ emissions and counteract environmental pollution. There are five CO₂ emission classes, with CO₂ emission class 1 being the worst and CO₂ emission class 5 being the best. The toll rate therefore also depends on how much CO₂ the vehicle emits. Vehicles with a better CO₂ emission class pay less toll than vehicles with a worse CO₂ emission class.

ASFINAG provides a customised service for determining the CO₂ emission class of the respective vehicles. With the CO₂ emission class calculator, it is easy to determine the CO₂ emission class with just a few clicks.

Three values are required to check the CO₂ emission classes:

  • Date of first registration
  • Vehicle subgroup
  • Specific CO₂ emission value