Skip to main content
© Berlin Partner/


Commercial transport and New Mobility – these are the two new chapters of the Berlin Mobility Act, which the Berlin Senate passed in December. This rounds off a draft legislation that until then had primarily focussed on public transport as well as on pedestrian and bicycle traffic. As a next step, the Council of Mayors will concern itself with the act.

The Berlin Mobility Act is unique in Germany. It was passed by the House of Representatives in the summer of 2018; Berlin has since been considered the first state to prioritise public transport as well as pedestrian and bicycle traffic in urban planning. In 2018 the first version of the act initially contained a general part as well as sections on public transport and bicycle traffic; a section on pedestrian traffic was added in early 2021. By adding commercial transport and New Mobility, the Berlin Senate has now rounded off the Mobility Act.

Bettina Jarasch, Senator for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action, emphasised the future-orientated meaning of the Berlin Mobility Act for traffic policies throughout the nation. “Commercial transport affects us all,” Jarasch said. “In Berlin, we aim to organise it in a manner that is compatible with the city’s needs to ensure the flow of goods runs smoothly throughout, and with it, the transport of deliveries and waste.” To do so, Berlin will secure the infrastructure for rail and water transport and for the turnaround of goods, establish local hubs in residential areas and create incentive for the use of low-emission commercial vehicles.

The new sections on commercial transport and New Mobility were developed in a participation process with the Berlin Mobility Advisory Council – as were the previous parts of the Mobility Act. A range of institutions and bodies were involved in the process, among them mobility associations, districts, senate departments and members of the House of Representatives as well as groups advocating for people with restricted mobility; advice from associations was also taken into account.

As a next step, the legislative proposal will now be presented to the Council of Mayors (“Rat der Bürgermeister”), after which it will once again be discussed in the Senate; the House of Representatives will then concern itself with the Berlin Mobility Act and vote on it.


  • City-compatible commercial transport: Delivery transport will become more compatible with the city’s needs, for example by avoiding peak traffic times and employing more low-emission vehicles. Berlin will also introduce a trademark for particularly safe, low-emission vehicles and processes, which will also be taken into account when awarding public contracts.
  • Functional commercial transport: The Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action is developing a concept for securing areas for commercial transport. Existing infrastructural facilities for rail and waterways, for example, as well as public inland ports Westhafen (“West Harbour”), Südhafen Spandau (“Spandau South Harbour”), Hafen Neukölln (“Neukölln Harbour”) will be preserved or reactivated as needed. New guidelines on how to determine the need for delivery and freight transportation areas with concrete quality and quantity requirements will help the districts plan accordingly.  The establishment of delivery and loading zones for shops and businesses will be prioritised over that of other parking spaces (with the exception of parking spaces for people with restricted mobility).
  • Commercial Transport Exchange Platform: The Berlin platform aims to promote a regular exchange of information and ideas between commercial transport actors and the competent departments in politics and administration. This will in turn support mobility administration in questions around the development of commercial transport and help update the Integrated Commercial Transport concept.
  • Platform for transport-relevant data: The data will be pooled and made available via a publicly accessible online platform, which supports public and private offers in the development of new mobility services.
  • Framework conditions that foster innovation: The Senate Department for Mobility will define goals for novel mobility and logistic offers and appoint a contact person to accompany and test respective model projects. (vdo)



FIWARE Network Meeting: Connecting different worlds

FIWARE users and those who ware interested are invited to share best practices and network.

Read more


„Gemeinsam Digital: Berlin“ – The strategy is launched!

On December 20, the Berlin Senate passed the smart city strategy titled "Gemeinsam Digital: Berlin", which was developed and put in writing by the Berlin Senate Chancellery and CityLAB Berlin in close cooperation with urban society. After an almost two-year process, the strategy will now enter the implementation phase.

Read more



Until 31 March, cities, counties and municipalities can apply to participate in the Climate-Active Municipality competition, which concentrates on innovative climate projects that have already been implemented.

Read more



The Senate Chancellery has awarded the Berlin Administration Prize 2022, honouring nine innovative and solution-oriented projects in three categories. A total of 41 projects had been submitted – more than ever before.

Read more


Green Buddy Award 2023 – Apply Now!

For the twelfth time, the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district office is looking for Berlin companies with exceptional projects and ideas in the field of environmental protection and sustainability. Prizes will be awarded in six categories.

Read more


"Harnessing the Innovation Potential of Berlin's Digital Industry"

Berlin’s new 2022-2026 Startup Agenda was passed in November 2022. Norbert Herrmann, responsible for matters relating to start-ups at the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, tells us more about the agenda's focus and next steps.

Read more