Changes for motorists in 2023: taxes, insurance and mandatory masks

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Of: Lena Zschirpe

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Motorists will have to adapt to innovations from 2023. Even those who do not have their own car but have a driver’s license are partially affected. A general vision.

Dortmund – In a few months, the year 2022 will end again. If you still want car mobility in 2023, you need to have a few changes on your radar. Not all affect people who also have their own car. Because one of the biggest novelties refers to the driving license itself.

Rules for motorists from 2023: driver’s license must be partially redeemed

Because many drivers have to change their old driving licence. There are still many “gray rags”, white plastic cards or pink cardboard driver’s licenses in circulation. But that should change in the next few years. According to a decision of the European Union, the driving license must be generally forgery-proof and registered in a database.

Therefore, before January 19, 2023, all drivers in Germany must switch to the new driving license in card format. Basically, the year of birth and the time the driving license was issued decide whether an exchange is already necessary (read all car and traffic news at RUHR24).

In 2023 the following age groups will have to exchange the driving license:

Year of birth term
before 1953 (regardless of year of issue) January 19, 2033
1953 to 1958 expired July 2022
1959 to 1964 January 19, 2023
1965 to 1970 January 19, 2024
1971 or later January 19, 2025

Other people who got their driver’s license before January 18, 2013 will also have to prepare for a redemption from 2026, reports. The date of issue of the driver’s license can be found on the front of the card in item 4a.

Car tax: CO₂ tax increase postponed due to energy crisis

However, most of the changes relate to the costs associated with the car. Drivers can breathe a sigh of relief here: CO₂ taxes for gasoline and diesel would have actually increased from 2023. However, the tax increase is not expected to come until 2024. The reason is the war in Ukraine and the associated energy crisis in Germany.

Due to high energy costs, the federal government has decided not to adjust the CO₂ tax any further in 2023. In reality, the taxes should have increased from 30 to 35 euros per ton of CO₂. With the tank discount, there was already economic relief for motorists in 2022, which was related to the energy crisis.

Motorists will have to pay more from 2023: changes in car insurance

Unfortunately, it can be more expensive elsewhere. Like every year, the standard classes and regional classes for motor vehicle civil liability insurance are readjusted. It can therefore be more expensive or cheaper for car owners. The ADAC, for example, gives an overview of individual car models.

Basically, according to information from the automobile club, it should be cheaper for around 4.8 million car owners to insure their cars. By contrast, 8.1 million vehicle owners will have to pay more from 2023. For 29.3 million motorists, the type class and thus the costs should not change.

After the tank discount, there will be the next financial relief for drivers in 2023; however, the CO2 increase was only postponed and not cancelled. © Beautiful Sports/Imago

The subsidy for electric cars will change in 2023: drivers will receive a lower premium

Anyone who relies on alternative fuel for their car will have to count on fewer financial concessions from the legislator from 2023. Plug-in hybrids will stop receiving funding from next year and the premium for electric cars will also be reduced.

Example: Whoever buys a car for a net list price of €40,000 will receive a subsidy of €4,500 from the state and €2,250 from the manufacturer, a total of €6,750. With a net list price of 65,000 euros, the state subsidy of 3,000 is considerably lower, the manufacturer adds about 1,500 euros.

Another change in the voucher: as of September 1, 2023, it can only be requested by individuals.

Masks are also mandatory for drivers: the first aid kit should be expanded

The latest change also affects motorists who do not incur new costs. In fact, this has been in place since January 1, 2022: since then, two mouth and nose covers have been part of the mandatory equipment in the car’s first aid kit.

Anyone who has not yet implemented this requirement has until January 31, 2023 to update the first aid kit. Only then has the lack of masks been equated with an incomplete first aid kit. According to the ADAC, then a fine of up to ten euros can be incurred.

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