Rules for motorists from 2023: what will change in the new year

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A transition period for drivers to wear masks ends in January 2023. The first aid kit needs to be updated. And there’s also an expensive switch coming for electric vehicles.

The change of year 2022 already brought numerous new rules for drivers. What reported, new road signs, such as the car in the middle with four figures, have also repeatedly caused uncertainty. And numerous new laws have already been announced for 2023, all about cars.

An issue that will continue to accompany drivers until 2033 is the exchange of driver’s licenses. January 2023 is the deadline for the next few years. Anyone who misses this should expect a fine.

Mask requirement in the car: the first aid kit will look different in 2023

Anyone driving a car in 2023 will need to prepare for a mask requirement. Although the new DIN standard for the first aid kit is in force from February 1, 2022, there is still a transition period until January 31, 2023. Motorists have until the deadline to update everything.

Means: In the future, there should always be two masks in the first-aid kit in the car. The FFP2 mask is not mandatory. As the trade magazine Auto-Motor-Sport writes, one costs “Non-existent or incompletely equipped first aid kit five euros of warning money, ten euros the owner pays if he leaves the vehicle to another driver without a first aid kit or with an incomplete first aid kit”. However, two triangular scarves are omitted. One is enough. And the bandage fabric is completely removed.

These cars have to be inspected by TÜV in 2023

A look at the license plate can also protect you from high fines in 2023. According to § 29 of the StVZO, motorists who have a pink sticker affixed to their sign must pass their main inspection (HU). Missing the moment can be costly. If you are there for more than two months, you pay a fine of 15 euros. From two to eight months, it costs 25 euros. If he exceeds that, he faces a fine of 60 euros and a point in Flensburg.

Anyone who has successfully passed their car through the HU and is allowed back on the road will receive an orange sticker. With this you have until 2025 again. According to the report by the experts at Auto-Motor-Sport, new vehicles (cars and mobile homes up to 3.5 tons) have a term of three years (blue sticker).

Insurance: In 2023, the new type class ratings will reach motorists

In 2023, motorists will also face new insurance regulations. As the German General Automobile Club (ADAC) writes, after the “Based on current car liability insurance figures, standard classes are more expensive for 8.1 million vehicle owners, but cheaper for 4.8 million. For 29.3 million, the type 2023 class will not change“.

The General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) determines the type classes

According to ADAC, in civil liability insurance for motor vehicles, the benefits for those injured in an accident are decisive when calculating the standard classes; in comprehensive insurance, the value of the vehicle plays a role, among other things. That’s why many luxury-class models and high-powered SUVs have a high type class, while older models and small cars tend to have a lower class.

According to the ADAC report, the GDV type class statistics include a total of around 32,000 different models and their damage balances from 2019 to 2021. The system behind it: If a car model causes comparatively little damage and low repair costs, it is given a low rate class with high damage and high insurance benefits.

Traffic experts explain that the type classes for most models typically go “just one class up or down.” The Škoda Kamiq 1.5 TSI and Toyota C-HR Hybrid 2.0 made bigger jumps in 2022, even improving by three classes, while on the other hand, the Nissan Leaf and Mercedes Benz GLC 250 Coupe 4Matic each improved by two classes. deteriorated type.

New regulations for plug-in hybrid vehicles: the subsidy will end in 2023

The year 2023 will also be worse for drivers of certain electric cars. Government funding for plug-in hybrids will end on January 1. Anyone who wants to buy such a car will only be supported by lower premiums.

The ADAC has created an overview on the subject of financing plug-in hybrid vehicles from January 2023:

  • As of January 1, 2023, plug-in hybrid vehicles will no longer receive environmental bonus funds.
  • The federal portion of the funding will then be €4,500 for battery electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles with a net list price of up to €40,000 instead of €6,000, and with a net list price between €40,000 and up 65,000 euros instead of 5,000 euros only 3,000 euros. Electric vehicles with a purchase price of more than 65,000 euros will continue to receive no financing.
  • According to the ADAC, as of September 1, 2023, financing will be limited to individuals. An extension to small businesses and non-profit organizations is currently under review.

Gasoline and diesel prices: New CO2 taxes in 2023

Motorists can at least breathe a sigh of relief when they have to drive to service stations in 2023. In reality, CO2 taxes for gasoline and diesel would have been raised to the next most expensive level in 2023. However, due to the current situation, energy costs have increased excessively.

Therefore, the federal government has decided to suspend the annual gradual increase in the CO2 tax by 2023. Therefore, motorists should not expect the levies to rise from 30 to 35 euros per ton of CO2. According to Auto-Motor-Sport, the price of 55 euros per tonne will not be reached until 2027.

List of headings: © Christophe Gateau/dpa

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