Federal Office for freight

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Federal Office for Goods Transport
- BAG -

State level Federation
position Higher federal authority
Business area Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
founding October 19, 1952 as the Federal Agency for Long-Distance Freight Transport , renamed on January 1, 1994
Headquarters Cologne
Authority management Andreas Marquardt, President
Christian Hoffmann, Vice President
Servants 828
Budget volume EUR 58.4 million (2019)
Web presence bag.bund.de
Former logo

The Federal Office for Goods Transport ( BAG ) is the independent higher federal authority responsible for (commercial) goods transport in Germany within the scope of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), cf. Section 10 GüKG (Goods Transport Act). The BAG is based in Cologne ; The president is Andreas Marquardt. His representative (Vice President) is Christian Hoffmann.


The Board of Directors is responsible for a president. He works at the headquarters in Cologne. There are also eight other branches, as well as three branch offices with priority tasks and an office in Berlin.

The head office in Cologne is divided into six departments and 21 units that deal with general tasks. The eight branch offices in Schwerin , Hanover , Münster , Dresden , Erfurt , Mainz , Stuttgart and Munich are responsible for working with external tasks. They are broken down into subject areas. Section 1 (SB 1) is responsible for the coordination of roadside checks and cooperation with other authorities, Section 2 (SB 2) is responsible for processing fines and Section 3 (SB 3) for personnel processing and material procurement and coordination. The three branch offices with main tasks in Kiel , Bremen and Saarbrücken deal exclusively with regulatory proceedings. These branch offices have no subject area 1.

Distribution of tasks

The head office of the BAG works in the following areas:

  • Legal development
  • Planning, coordination and control of roadside checks, market access and administrative offense procedures as well as civil emergency preparedness
  • Cross-mode market observation
  • Traffic statistics
  • Collection and administration of the motorway toll as well as the concession fee of the motorway ancillary companies
  • Approval and monitoring of the transport charges in scheduled air traffic
  • General central administrative tasks (organization, personnel, budget, cash and accounting, information technology, internal service) as well as disposition and supervision of shuttle and commuter traffic between Bonn and Berlin
  • Collection and administration of truck tolls, control, checking and monitoring functions (in some cases also carried out by Toll Collect , unless these are sovereign tasks)
  • Grant procedure - Promotion of road haulage -

The tasks are generally applicable and earmarked for the operation of the entire office.

The branch offices deal primarily with the tasks that involve contact with the participants in freight transport (companies, staff, associations, institutions) and other responsible authorities such as the regional transport offices. These are essentially:

  • Carrying out roadside checks
  • Initiation of administrative offense proceedings
  • Initiation of market access procedures
  • Implementation of operational controls
  • General, decentralized administrative tasks

The main locations are exclusively concerned with the implementation of regulatory proceedings; primarily administrative offense proceedings against those affected from abroad.

tasks and goals

Participation in the legal development is essentially the alignment of existing national and multilateral law with the circumstances of the day-to-day work of the BAG and the assessment of new drafts by the Ministry of Transport and other bodies.

Road checks are the main field of activity of the BAG. This should increase road safety and ensure environmental protection and compliance with the market regulations in road freight transport . Trucks, buses and their drivers etc. are checked. a. technical safety, compliance with the relevant freight traffic laws (driving times, permits, etc.) as well as traffic law in general (driving license, fitness to drive, etc.). Joint controls are also carried out with other authorities (customs, police, various state offices). These are coordinated by department 1 of the individual branch offices. In 2003 649,148 controls were carried out. Violations were found in 21.5% of the controls.

The work in the area of ​​market access essentially consists of the issuing of permits and controls, operational controls, cooperation with the responsible (state) ministries and international cooperation with authorities and companies.

The imposition of sanctions essentially consists of investigative activities and the imposition of fines . In 2003, 68,764 proceedings were carried out in which a fine of around 9.15 million euros was imposed.

The market observation concerns the cooperation of the BAG with the private sector as well as the evaluation of statistical data in order to guarantee a regulated market flow. The market observation should z. B. Dumping actions and structural problems can be recognized and eliminated. This is where profit skimming is used to prevent future violations from being economically viable. The ban on cabotage is also being reviewed.

Another task is civil emergency preparedness in road traffic in accordance with the Traffic Safety Act and Traffic Services Act . The Civil Emergency Preparedness Unit is responsible for planning and setting up the Federal Transport Organization (TOB).

Charge collection - "Toll"

Toll Collect toll terminal for manual toll payment
The "small print"

Until August 2003, the BAG was responsible for collecting the previously valid motorway tolls (ABBG) through the Eurovignette . This was a time-bound fee for trucks, after the payment of which the use of the German motorway network was permitted for the period paid for. In 2003 the fees raised around 367 million euros.

Since January 2005, the new route-related truck toll has been in force , which is calculated based on the distance traveled, the number of axles (up to 3 or 4 and more) and the emission class and also extends to some federal road sections . A stationary control of the toll gantries of the OBU [On-Board-Unit] or the license plate is carried out via infrared , which monitors the correct logging into the German toll system. Foreign vehicles can carry an OBU device with them, which is also registered in the toll system. The credit is then automatically debited at Toll Collect , with which the credit can also be refilled. Checks by the BAG are carried out in flowing traffic , vehicles that are not properly booked (non-payers / false payers) are directed to suitable places and checked. There is also the option of paying the toll at toll machines or, if registered with Toll Collect, via the Internet. The two laws relevant for toll collection are the Motorway Toll Act for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (ABMG) and the Mauthöheverordnung (MautHV), (both replaced by the Federal Trunk Road Toll Act , BFStrMG on July 19, 2011 ) and the (incorporated) Toll Route Extension Ordinance (MautStrAusdehnV). Relevant data can be viewed on the BAG website.

Toll Collect has been responsible for collecting tolls since September 2002.

In the new toll system, the BAG, as the sovereign authority, takes on part of the control functions, e.g. B. the legal punishment of violations of the toll obligation. For this purpose, the toll department was introduced at the BAG, which takes care of the control activities in the toll system and the supervision of Toll Collect, as well as punishing violations of the toll regulations.

Positions for 530 toll controllers have been set up for the new functions. 278 Mercedes-Benz Vito with mobile office equipment were procured for the implementation. VW buses are now used for the toll control service. The control service is carried out by two-person teams. The control teams have the necessary equipment for the toll controls.

The violations of ( LuR - and LaSi - or distance violations) are carried out by other control teams, usually also two-person teams, among other things because the toll controllers (Mautkontrolldienst MKD) and the so-called classic controllers ( Road control service SKD) are housed in various units within the BAG.

Since October 6, 2009, the Federal Office has been entrusted with the collection and maintenance of the EETS register.


The income of around 29 million euros was offset by expenses of around 85 million euros in 2004. The reason for the lower income compared to 2003 is the route-related truck toll, the introduction of which was postponed to January 1, 2005. In 2009, the revenue from the German truck toll amounted to 4.41 billion euros. This was offset by 3.73 billion euros in expenditure, which flowed entirely into the transport infrastructure .


Work clothing

The employees of the BAG can be identified during their roadside checks by uniform-like work clothing and neon yellow safety vests with the imprint "BAG". The dark blue trousers and the light blue shirt are similar to those of the police and customs. On the right upper arm is the national emblem ( federal eagle with the lettering "Federal Office for Goods Transport"). As headgear, they wear a white peaked cap with an oak leaf wreath and a cockade .

Control vehicles

The BAG currently uses the following vehicle types in its inspection service:

Cars are also used, for example:

These are driven by the heads of the control units. Furthermore, these are used as civilian vehicles, used by the operational control service and office staff. The BAG also has two light mast vehicles (LIMA) based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to illuminate the control stations during night checks.

Some control vehicles are equipped with wheel / axle load scales to determine weights (overloads). There are also height and length measuring rods in the vehicles to determine deviations in the permitted dimensions.

Web links

Commons : Federal Office for Goods Transport  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. bag.bund.de
  2. Federal Budget 2020 - Section 12 - Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Federal Ministry of Finance, accessed on August 27, 2020 (overview of positions / positions on pages 237-238).
  3. Bundeshaushalt.de: www.Bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved October 23, 2019 .
  4. www.bag.bund.de ( Memento from September 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Civil emergency preparedness. Accessed August 6, 2014.
  5. www.bag.bund.de Transport tasks → Civil emergency preparedness → Civil emergency preparedness in road traffic. Accessed August 6, 2014.
  6. Information on EETS
  7. Truck toll income 2009 lower than expected in the VerkehrsRundschau
  8. Report on Tagblatt.de
  9. Federal Office for Goods Transport. Overview of vehicles of the road control service

Coordinates: 50 ° 56 ′ 41 ″  N , 6 ° 56 ′ 26.4 ″  E