Many rules and regulations change at the turn of the year at the earliest, including for drivers, of course.
BILD has the most important changes for the new year:
The fuel prices are a tiresome topic, especially since they only knew one direction recently – upwards. That won’t change for the time being, because CO will rise on January 1st2-Price from 25 to 30 euros per ton of carbon dioxide.
In contrast to a year ago, the increase is more moderate at “only” around 1.5 cents per liter of petrol or diesel; the introduction of the CO2Price at the beginning of 2021 increased the price of fuel by seven to eight cents.
A shame: The commuter allowance, which will also be increased in 2021 from the 21st kilometer, remains the same for the time being, at 35 cents per kilometer.
New plug-in promotion
The environmental bonus for plug-in hybrids is controversial, but will remain in place for the time being. But: From January onwards, only part-time electricity providers who can cover at least 60 kilometers electrically will be subsidized.
So far it’s 40 kilometers or the car has a CO2-Emissions below 50 g / km; the CO2-Border remains for the time being, but should be removed in the course of the year.
More rights for buyers
At the Buying a new or used vehicle has so far been the case: If a defect occurs in the first six months after purchase, it can be assumed that it already existed when the vehicle was handed over. It is then up to the seller to prove otherwise.
This reversal of the burden of proof will be extended to twelve months from January 1st. Thereafter, the buyer must still prove that the defect existed before the purchase.
More driving assistants
From July 2022, all newly approved vehicle types must be equipped with additional assistants. This includes the intelligent speed assistant (ISA), which warns the driver if he is too fast. Drowsiness warnings, emergency brake assistants, emergency lane departure warning systems and the emergency brake light with flashing brake lights are also compulsory.
And: All new cars get a black box that saves data before and after a crash, as well as an interface that enables the installation of an immobilizer with an alcohol test.
Planned but not yet implemented: a mask requirement in the car. Two face masks then have to be carried in the first-aid kit – even after the pandemic. Anyone who violates this will likely face a fine of five euros in the event of an inspection. Owners who leave their incompletely equipped car to other drivers face a fine of ten euros. It is still uncertain when the mask requirement will come into force. It should come with the next change in the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO), in any case before the end of 2022.
Note: In an earlier version it was said that the mask requirement would apply from January 1st.