Germany: Important changes for motorists in 2022

Every year brings new rules with it. In 2022, the changes will also affect car owners. This includes, among other things, a new catalog of fines, which entered into force in November 2021. Starting in January, car owners should tune in to further changes. For example, you should be puzzled by the issue of driving license exchange. It is also necessary to know that the first aid kit must contain at least two masks to cover the area of ​​the nose and mouth. A new round of growth in fuel prices is also expected for drivers.

The second stage for the exchange of driving licenses

Until 2033, all old-style licenses issued before January 2013 must be exchanged for a new driving license unified in the EU. The exchange takes place in several stages and will end on January 19, 2033.

The term for the exchange of rights depends on the year of birth, as well as on the year the rights were issued. The first group includes drivers born before 1953. From mid-January 2021, the second stage begins.

Mandatory presence of masks in first aid kits

The new rules require drivers to have at least two masks in their first aid kits. This rule will apply after the pandemic, according to ADAC. However, when this requirement will come into force, and what kind of masks should be in the car – surgical, normal everyday or FFP 2 – it has not yet been announced.

Fuel prices will rise again

The second phase of CO₂ price increases will take place on 1 January 2022. The cost of gasoline and diesel will rise by about one and a half cents per liter, according to ADAC. Thus, the increase will be much lower than in the outgoing year. The CO₂ price will continue to rise annually until 2025. Anyone considering buying a new car in the next few years should consider purchasing an electric vehicle or a hybrid.

TÜV plaque

All vehicles in use will be affixed with a green plaque after passing the inspection. New cars will receive orange plaques.

Driver assistance systems

Many vehicles today are equipped with driver assistance and vehicle safety systems. In the future, they will be a mandatory part of the car, according to ADAC. From July 2024, all newly registered vehicles must be equipped with them. These “assistants” include tempomats, reversing cameras, driver fatigue control system, lane control system when cornering.

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