What is environmental differentiation?

Veronica Solås

Environmental differentiation rates means that those who pollute the most also pay the most at the toll point. In rate group 1, the set rates are divided into el-car, gasoline/hybrid and diesel. In rate group 2, the set rates are divided into Euro VI-standard, Euro V or older.

If you are unsure about your vehicles environment class, you can check this by finding your vehicle in Vehicle-information on Statens vegvesen webpage.

Decisions on environmental differentiation:
  • On 01/10/2017 a new decision on environmentally differentiated rates was adopted.
  • The decision involves introducing a new rate system with environmentally and time differentiated toll. In other words, a vehicle class division based on weight, whether the vehicle is zero emission, Euro VI or Pre-Euro VI standard compliant or whether it uses diesel, petrol, gas or ethanol.
  • The environmental effect of the fuel emissions determines the toll rate applicable to each vehicle.
  • In addition, a rush hour fee will be introduced in periods when the traffic is heaviest and the air pollution at its worst.
  • Toll rates in urban areas should be adapted based on vehicle properties and when you drive.
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications may impose regulations to regulate the rates when there is a risk of excess air pollution, and decide that the proceeds may be used for traffic reduction measures in the applicable period. Environmentally differentiated rates must be adopted by affected municipalities and county municipalities.
Where has this been introduced?
  • Fjellinjen was the first to introduce environmentally differentiated rates from 01/10/2017.
    – If you are passing through Fjellinjen (Oslo/Bærum), you will be charged based on the properties of your vehicle and when you are driving.
    – Oslo municipality is also planning a low-emission zone for heavy vehicles from November 2017.
  • The Toll ring in Bergen introduced enviromentally differentiated rates from 01/06/2018.