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Here are all the new rules that will affect motorists in 2024

At the turn of the year, a number of new rules came into force on Danish roads. There are a total of 8 of them, and several are actually brand new.

Happy New Year and welcome to everyday life with more rules, at least if you are a driver. At the turn of the year, a number of new rules have come into force on Danish roads, according to a press release from the motorists' interest organisation.

According to the organisation, these are rules that motorists should be aware of. It will, among other things, more expensive to be a driver, both for petrol car owners and electric car owners.

"It will be more expensive to be a petrol car owner, without a doubt. And it can become very expensive to be an electric car owner in Copenhagen," says Torben Lund Kudsk, political head of FDM.

But it is not just price increases that Danish motorists have to deal with in the new year. The requirements of the viewing halls are also being tightened up all around.

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  1. It will be significantly more expensive to refuel.
    Since the turn of the year, fuel taxes have increased by 7.7 percent. This is due to a 15-year-old political agreement. With the so-called 'spring package' from 2009, the politicians in Christiansborg agreed to put more tax on both petrol and diesel.

    It has been agreed that the fuel prices (taxes, ed.) must follow the price development in society. And due to roaring inflation in 2022, fuel prices are rising significantly this new year.
  2. The inspector MUST take pictures of your car
    At Christiansborg, they want to end the illegal, so-called 'sms-syn'. That's why a majority agreed late last year to tighten the rules for viewing choir uniforms altogether.

    This means, among other things, that the inspector must take pictures of cars that he inspects. The photos must clearly show that the specific car is present in the viewing hall.
  3. Extra long trucks
    From the first of January 2024, trucks with a length of up to 34 meters are allowed to drive around on the roads between the Port of Aarhus and Hoje Taastrup. The experiment lasts for 5 years.

    The idea of the trial is to make it possible for the hauliers to transport more at a time. According to the Ministry of Transport, the extra-long trucks make sense because one truck with a double trailer will be able to replace two regular trucks.
  4. No free parking for electric cars
    In Copenhagen, free parking will end from the first of January. In connection with the capital city's budget agreement, the parties behind the agreement have agreed to introduce paid parking and resident licenses for electric cars.

    Here, the municipality also makes no difference whether you drive a petrol, diesel or electric car. The parking rates thus fluctuate between DKK 12 and DKK 41, depending on the location of the parking space in Copenhagen.
  5. More expensive electricity tax
    However, it is not only in Copenhagen that it becomes more expensive to have an electric car. It does so throughout the country. From the first of January, the electricity tax thus increases by 6.4 ore per kWh without VAT.

    The increase is due to the past year's high inflation and the higher prices for fuel in general.
  6. New rates for travel allowance and transport allowance
    If you use your car or other means of transport to get back and forth between home and work, you should note this change.

    Because the tax council, which determines this sort of thing, has raised both the road tax deduction and the transport allowance. However, the increases are so modest that they do not correspond to the costs of a car at all.

    But it is a matter of little. In 2024, the rate for the first 120 kilometers will be raised to DKK 2.23 per kilometers in traffic allowance. According to FDM, this corresponds to DKK 70 per year if you commute 12,000 kilometers per year as a driver.
  7. Higher registration tax on electric and hybrid cars
    Although the parties behind the finance bill agreed to slow down an expected tax jump on electric and hybrid cars, it will still be more expensive to buy a new car this year.

    Due to slow public systems, the tax exemption for electric cars under DKK 436,000 will also not apply from 1 January. And some cars actually increase in tax. Electric cars with a price above DKK 450,000 increase by DKK 7,593 on average, FDM's calculation shows.
  8. It will be more expensive to cross the Great Belt
    Nothing in life is free. Nor the chore over the Great Belt. And from 1 January it has even become a bit more expensive.

    For drivers with automatic payment – BroBizz or number plate payment – the rate for one trip increases by DKK 4 to DKK 196.

    If, on the other hand, you pay with cash or a regular Dankort, the price rises to DKK 275. Sund & Bælt, which is responsible for the operation of the bridge connection, defends itself by saying that you just follow the price development in society.

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