Deutsche Bahn

NDTAC bonus for RUs that use quiet freight wagons

With the introduction of noise-differentiated track access charges (NDTAC), DB Netz AG is creating incentives for the use of quiet freight wagons.

In the interest of local residents and the environment, Deutsche Bahn has set itself the goal of significantly and permanently reducing train noise by 2020. A universal effect is achieved by reducing noise directly on wagons. With the incentives from the NDTAC, DB Netz AG is therefore promoting the upgrading of existing freight wagons to low-noise brake technologies.

After 8 years, the NDTAC expired on December 12, 2020. The railway noise mitigation act has been implemented as a follow-up to NDTAC since December 13, 2020.

Applications for the NDTAC-bonus for the last program year 2020 can be submitted between 1st January 2021 an 5th May 2021 via the retrofit register of DB Netz AG.

The NDTAC system is a cycle that is financed by the rail undertakings themselves and has zero impact on DB Netz AG's revenues. Any surplus will be reimbursed proportionally to the paying RU/AP after the final bonus payment has been made (for details see section 6.1.6.2 Network Statement 2021).