Mask requirement in the car, higher fuel prices, driver’s license exchange: changes for drivers from 2022 in Germany


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There will be some changes for drivers in 2022. Among other things, a mask is then mandatory in the car.

Changes for drivers: From 2022, a “mask requirement” is to be introduced for motorists: each first aid kit must contain two protective masks.

  • Changes in 2022 : That will change for drivers – read below
  • Corona measures: will I have to wear a mask in the car soon?
  • Driving license exchange, insurance and Co .: Readjustments are made in many areas
  • Here is the overview for the coming year

From the new year , some new resolutions, ordinances, rules and laws will apply to motorists on German roads. For example, the road traffic regulations have been changed – there will also be a mask requirement in the car. 

Changes for drivers from 2022: higher fines will be due

changes for drivers

The updated catalog of fines has been in effect on Germany’s roads since November 9, 2021. It was supposed to come into force at the beginning of 2020, but it was canceled again due to a formal error. The change should now be more expensive, especially for those who are mad. But also wrong parking or car drivers who do not form an emergency lane are punished more severely. You can find a complete overview of all new fines here.

The fines for minor offenses are also punished more severely:

  • Parking in a no-parking and no-parking zone now costs a whopping 55 euros instead of 15. 
  • For parking and stopping in the second row, up to 110 euros are due. 
  • Driving bans might be imposed if you refuse to form an emergency alley or even use the emergency alley yourself. In addition to the driving ban for one month, a fine of up to 320 euros then awaits. 
  • Blocking an e-car charging station will result in a fine of 55 euros. “Posing” by car is now also punished. 
  • The unnecessary and too loud driving around in connection with causing avoidable exhaust emissions. This will cost up to 100 euros in the future. 
  • If you block the path of a tram, it costs 80 euros.

Driver’s license must be exchanged

changes for drivers

Everyone who was born between 1953 and 1958 and still has a pink or gray driver’s license in their wallet is obliged to exchange it by January 19, 2022.

According to a new EU regulation, the driver’s license must be replaced by a forgery-proof document in credit card format.

Anyone who continues to drive with the old driver’s license and is caught doing so faces a fine of ten euros. The exchanged driver’s license must be presented to the police afterwards, otherwise there is a new penalty.

Mask requirement in the car comes

changes for drivers

From 2022, there must be at least two corona protective masks in every car, bus or truck. They do not have to be worn, rather they are intended as a supplement to the equipment in the first aid kit. 

The corresponding DIN standard for this will be adapted. When exactly the regulation will come into force has not yet been clarified, as has the expected amount of the fine. The lack of first aid equipment in the car is currently punished with five euros.

Read more about DIN 13164 here.

New safety systems in cars will be mandatory in 2022

changes for drivers

In the middle of next year 2022, on July 6th, a new EU regulation will come into effect, which primarily serves the “general safety and protection of vehicle occupants”. 

That means: Before new vehicles can be approved by the governments, they have to show certain assistance systems. It will be some time before the approved vehicles are actually on the market. Because from July 7, 2024, these innovations will first have to be built into new cars as standard. 

Among other things, these are new emergency braking assistance systems, emergency lane departure warning systems or a warning system in the event of fatigue. 

Even an alcohol immobilizer and an automatic speed brake should then be standard. 

Car insurance will be changing from 2022

changes for drivers

The car insurance contributions will also be changed. From 2022, as every year, the type classes for vehicles will be reclassified by the German Insurance Association (GDV)

Around nine million car drivers are affected. Around five million will be sorted into higher levels, around four million motorists will benefit from better type classes. For the majority of motorists, around 30 million, however, almost nothing will change. 

▶ Note: With fully comprehensive insurance, three percent slip into a higher classification, 40 percent into a lower classificationFour percent of those with partially comprehensive insurance slip into a higher classification, 32 percent into a lower classification.

E-car promotion

changes for drivers

Just in time for the new year, the guidelines for subsidies for hybrid vehicles and the e-car bonus from the state and manufacturers will change. So-called “plug-in hybrid models” now have to guarantee a minimum range of 60 kilometers. 

From 2025 even 80 kilometers. So far, the range guarantee was 40 kilometers. The prescribed emissions of 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer remain. 

Fuel prices: Petrol is becoming significantly more expensive again

changes for drivers

Petrol could become even more expensive than before. The next level of the CO2 surcharge will take effect on January 1, 2022. The price per ton of CO2 then rises by around 30 euros. That in turn will be passed on to the customer, which again leads to rising gasoline prices. 

This should mean that gasoline will become more expensive by an average of 8.4 cents per liter. Diesel should rise by 9.5 cents per liter. The price of CO2 will increase annually. By 2025, one ton of CO2 is expected to cost 55 euros. 

Tolls for Austria and Switzerland are increasing 

changes for drivers

The fee for the vignette in Austria will rise by 1.4 percent in 2022. It has been available since the end of November 2021 for the period from December 2021 to January 2023. The price will be increased in line with the increased inflation rate. The annual vignette costs 93.80 euros, a two-month vignette 28.20 euros and the “sticker” for ten days 9.60 euros. Motorcyclists have to pay 37.20 euros, 14.10 euros and 5.60 euros for the various vignettes. There is also a digital vignette.

An annual vignette for Switzerland costs 39 euros in 2022, which is equivalent to 40 Swiss francs. The vignette is valid for cars up to 3.5 tons for a period of 14 months (1.12.2021 to 31.1.2023). By 2023, there should then also be an electronic alternative at the same price in Switzerland. 

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