The “Bundesverkehrswegeplan” (Federal Master Plan for Traffic Infrastructure) is Germany’s central planning instrument for the development and maintenance of road, rail and waterway infrastructures. The current update was finished in 2016. Read more (German only):

BMVI – Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030


Funding for public transport comes from national, provincial and local levels. This study assesses international experiences including Germany regarding national policies and programmes to support sustainable transport:

2013_Diaz_Bongardt_FinancingSustainableUrbanTransport.pdf (


The National Cycling Plan guides and informs the development of cycling infrastructure and policy across Germany. The “National Cycling Plan 2020 – Joining forces to evolve cycling” is available at:


Air quality and noise monitoring in Germany is mainly governed by the Act on the Prevention of Harmful Effects on the Environment Caused by Air Pollution, Noise, Vibration and similar phenomena, simply called the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) for short, along with its implementing ordinances and regulations. In addition, there are more air quality provisions at the local level.

» Federal Immission Control Act (Bundes-Immisionsschutzgesetz, BImSchG) – Excerpts German Law Archive (


Reducing noise and pollution requires joint action between federal governments, provinces, municipalities, professional agencies and the general public. Clean air and noise reduction planning is embedded in transport planning policy frameworks and regulations. The Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) provides important guidance for municipalities and policy makers on this topic. For further information visit:

Traffic noise:

Air pollution:


Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • You need a badge showing your car’s emission standard to drive into an environmental zone

International Transport Forum (Leipzig, 2015, May 27-29), About ITF | ITF (


Maintaining reliable transport infrastructures is cost intensive. Since 2005 Germany has introduced user fees for lorries (transport trucks) on the Autobahn and selected federal roads. The road user charging system “Toll Collect” works automatically without any stationary toll points. Learn more:

Toll Collect | Truck toll in Germany (