What is Tender+?

The Tender+ functionality in TLNplanner is designed to make quick and reliable calculations for multiple time, distance, toll costs, transport costs & emission calculations in Excel. This functionality is standard in TLNplanner and it does not require a separate installation or update. A user interface is available for setting the parameters and for uploading and downloading data sets in Excel. In short, no interfaces need to be created.

The bulk calculations are performed in the background, even when you log out of TLNplanner, shut down your internet browser, or turn off your computer. Once the calculations have been completed, you will receive an in-app notification or an email message.

Multiple stops in Tender+

Previously it was only possible to perform calculations from A to B. From now on it is also possible to add intermediate points and to include this in the calculation.

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What can you achieve with Tender+

Fast and reliable transport costs calculation

When you have to manually perform multiple calculations for a new tender, this can be very time consuming and mistakes can easily be made. An incorrect calculation can have a big impact on the rest of the calculation. With tender+ you can rely on the accurate calculation that you are used to from TLNplanner, but created in Excel. You are assured of the latest map material, as well as the current and future toll costs. In short: avoid mistakes and save time.

Strategic decisions

Compare the impact of changes in distances, transport costs, driving and rest periods and the toll costs of different vehicles to get a clear picture of the costs and benefits. Furthermore, you can also calculate already completed journeys, so that you can generate various reports of, among other things, the profitability of customers.

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The Tender+ module is only available within TLNplanner. The first hundred calculations are free of charge. Are you convinced? Then contact us to discuss the options. This can be done via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +31 (0) 346 581 600.

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It is not only planners who use TLNplanner on a daily basis. This calculation tool is also used by other members in the organisation to calculate times, distances, emissions, toll costs and transport costs. For example, the sales or finance departments.

Time and Distance Calculations

With TLNplanner, you can quickly and accurately calculate the distance and driving time behind the wheel for each route, as well as the rest time that the driver needs to plan along the way. Will a truck, a van or a passenger car be used for the trip? TLNplanner lets you choose from a wide range of vehicle profiles, always giving you a reliable and realistic calculation.

Toll and transport costs

An increasingly large part of transport costs is made up of toll costs. Is the planned route through tunnels or along roads where tolls are levied? Is it a truck that is subject to tolls in Belgium or Germany? With TLNplanner you not only calculate the total transport costs, but also the toll costs.

Fuel costs and emissions

Not only your company, but also your customers face major challenges in order to meet climate objectives. The logistics sector alone has expressed the aim to halve CO2 emissions caused by transport by 2030. TLNplanner enables you to calculate not only fuel consumption per trip, but also emissions.

Estimates and actual costings

Maintaining or even increasing the profit margin starts with a reliable estimate and ends with a proper actual costing. With TLNplanner, you are able to calculate in advance whether a trip is profitable, which means you can include the correct rates in your quote. Did you outsource the trip? You can easily calculate whether the invoiced amounts are correct. Using TLNplanner avoids misunderstandings.


Would you like to integrate the functionality of TLNplanner with your own software by means of an API or web service?

With the PTV xServer Internet web service it is possible to integrate the time, distance and toll calculations of TLNplanner into your own software solution.

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The fact that not everyone is familiar with all the options in TLNplanner is not unusual, given its many features. For example, one of its features is the Data Manager with which users can import their own customer and supplier data, including contact details, into TLNplanner, as well as other items such as loading or unloading locations.

Instantly Visible Data

To make all the locations of your customer or supplier immediately visible on the map, you now only have to enter their name. If you have many regular customers or suppliers, you do not have to enter the address information again and again. The Data Manager lets you enter frequently recurring addresses in the TLNplanner as standard.

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Customer and supplier data

If there are restrictions on certain customers, these can be included in the Data Manager. These may include various factors such as: time windows, stay times and also other comments including: loading and unloading points, contacts or telephone numbers. This data can be entered by means of a CSV import or manually created.

Overview by means of symbols

TLNplanner offers you the option to choose different symbols and colours for your delivery addresses. Choosing different symbols and colours gives you a clear picture of your delivery addresses on the TLNplanner map. For more information about TLNplanner's Data Manager, you can contact our helpdesk using the details below, or view the digital manual here.

The ideal route for a van carrying packages is different from that of a truck transporting hazardous goods. And even if the route is identical, the costs can vary considerably. Thanks to the different vehicle profiles, you can keep a grip on the efficiency of all journeys.

More and more inner cities are using environmental zones in which some vehicles are no longer allowed. Several bridges and tunnels are not designed for large and heavy trucks. And for trucks with dangerous goods or LHVs, mandatory driving routes may even apply.

TLNplanner takes all these preconditions into account. You determine which vehicle profile is most suitable for the journey. TLNplanner then calculates the optimal route and the associated times, distances and costs. Your operation therefore becomes efficient, both on the road and administratively.

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Vehicle profiles

Plan your routes based on important vehicle data. You can choose from six standard vehicle profiles, generating standard results:

  • Heavy goods vehicle 40T
  • Light goods vehicle 20T
  • City distribution 12T
  • Delivery van (Courier)
  • ADR
  • LHV

The profiles are set up to calculate the optimal route, taking into account toll roads, environmental zones, weight restrictions, transit traffic, bridge heights and other route restrictions.

It is also possible to create your own profile for your vehicle.

LHV vehicle profile & road network

Until recently, it was not possible for LHV users to plan a route digitally. A solution has now been found. PTV Group, TLN and the RDW have ensured that the LHV vehicle profile and the LHV network are now available in TLNplanner.

As soon as the LHV vehicle is selected in TLNplanner, the road network suitable for LHVs will light up on the map. This service is currently available only in the Netherlands, but the aim is to expand this service to other countries in the future. TLN is pleased with this new feature in TLNplanner. It now offers transporters the opportunity to also plan LHV routes quickly and efficiently.

ADR vehicle profile

Many companies transport dangerous goods, which is not always without risks. In order to limit these risks as much as possible, TLNplanner Internet takes your ADR vehicle into account.

Specially developed ADR vehicle profile in TLNplanner Internet

  • All tunnel restrictions applicable to your transport are taken into account when calculating the most efficient route
  • Routes throughout the whole of Europe are calculated for ADR vehicles

CO2 calculation is crucial if your company wants to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 50% by the year 2030. However, at this stage it is unlikely that a calculation of CO2 emissions features prominently on the daily to-do list of planners. With TLNplanner, you can quickly see if your trucks are using the most efficient and environmentally conscious routes.

Green Logistics

More and more companies want to know about the extent of the CO2 emissions caused by their transportation. There are also statutory restrictions. France is the first European country to have introduced a legal requirement for CO2 declarations on transport to and from the country, with effect from 2013.

With TLNplanner's emissions calculator, you can already deal with the demand for 'green logistics' during your route calculations. TLNplanner calculates all relevant emissions for the route, depending on the vehicle, weight and incline.

These emissions can be compensated directly from the route planner, through the non-profit organisation Myclimate. You can therefore offer your customers green logistics, secure major competitive advantages and be prepared for future legislation.

Emissions report

With TLNplanner you can draw up detailed emission reports for all your journeys. These reports provide an overview of all the different emissions. At a glance, you can see which vehicles and which journeys make the largest contribution to your CO2 emissions.

TLNplanner offers more options. Would you like to know if a different route with fewer elevation differences may result in less emissions? Are you curious about what results can be achieved if you used a different truck with a different vehicle profile? TLNplanner will quickly give you the answer.

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Overview of emissions

While the government and society at large are mainly looking at CO2 emissions, trucks in fact emit many other harmful substances. TLNplanner shows all the different emissions:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
  • Methane (CH4)
  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2)
  • Nitrogen oxides (NO2)
  • Ammonia (NH3)
  • Particulates
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)

Is your quote correct? To make an exact calculation, you need to know the expected costs. In addition to transport costs, the toll for trucks is also a considerable cost item. TLNplanner lets you calculate the toll costs for all countries that levy tolls.

Calculating toll costs

Toll costs are an important factor to take into account when planning your route or preparing your quotation. TLNplanner helps you plan the most efficient routes as well as preparing quotes.

Belgian kilometre-based tax

Since 1 April 2016, all owners of trucks with a maximum authorised mass of more than 3.5 tonnes have been paying a kilometre-based tax in Belgium. The Belgian kilometre-based tax applies to motorways and to a number of regional and municipal roads.

With TLNplanner Internet, you can quickly and accurately calculate the toll costs in Belgium in your route planning. This professional route planner provides current toll rates within European countries. This means that you will always have access to the current Belgian toll rates for your lorries and will never be surprised by additional costs.

German toll charges (maut) for motorways and B-roads (bundesstrasse)

Since 2015, the German HGV toll no longer only applies to trucks of 12 tonnes or more, but also to trucks with a minimum weight of 7.5 tonnes. This toll is levied when using German motorways. These roads are also called 'bundesautobahnen' and fall under federal management. However, there are also tolls for 'bundesstrasse'. These are roads off the motorway, which also fall under the federal government. In 2018, toll charges were levied on the entire German road network. As a result, the total road network subject to compulsory tolls is now about 55,000 kilometres!

In 2019, the German toll will be considerably higher than in 2018. In May 2018, Germany decided to significantly increase the toll for lorries by around 20, or even 60, percent. Euro class 6 lorries with four axles now pay 60 percent more than before.

Dutch kilometre-based tax

Following the examples of Germany and Belgium, more and more voices are being heard in the Netherlands regarding the introduction of kilometre-based road tax. An increasing number of political parties and interest groups see kilometre-based tax as the solution to curbing traffic congestion on Dutch motorways as well as reducing CO2 emissions. It seems likely that before long we will also start paying extra for a large part of the kilometres travelled in the Netherlands.

Should the Netherlands actually start introducing kilometre-based tax, you will be able to see what the implications are within TLNplanner. When this happens, TLNplanner will be updated as soon as all the details are known. Your advantage: well before the date on which the kilometre-based tax is introduced, you will easily be able to calculate what extra costs you are facing and which costs can be passed on. This will give you time to notify your customers and to implement what measures are necessary.

New toll rates in TLNplanner

All new toll rates are always updated as quickly as possible in the TLNplanner. This allows you to anticipate changes in advance, giving you sufficient time to notify your customers.

Calculating transport costs

TLNplanner enables you to prepare quotations. Simply select the vehicle profile that serves as the basis for calculating hours and kilometres. Next, it is up to you to determine how to calculate the transport costs: based on cost per kilometre, cost per hour and/or fixed costs.

Do you want to schedule time for loading and unloading or for mandatory rest periods? You can add extra stops at route points, journey breaks or rest periods along your route. The result: accurate, reliable and realistic quotes without unpleasant surprises for you and your customers.


Route planning

In road transport, route planning systems are used to calculate the optimal route for a single truck with two or more delivery points. The route planner takes into account all of the data relevant to road transport: maximum height for transport by road, axle loads, routes for ADR goods or LHVs, environmental zones and time-frames in inner cities, etc.

Such a system not only calculates the distance and driving time, but also the transport costs and toll charges. All that is needed is geographic data such as place names, postal codes, street names and house numbers, or geographical coordinates — useful for new construction sites, for example. Based on this data, the system generates a map showing the route.

Plan your routes based on important data for lorries. You can choose from standard vehicle profiles to generate standard results:

  • Heavy goods vehicle 40T
  • Light goods vehicle 20T
  • City distribution 12T
  • Delivery van (Courier)
  • LHV
  • ADR

The profiles are set to calculate the optimal route, taking into account toll roads, driving and rest periods, weight restrictions, transit traffic, bridge heights and other route restrictions.


Planners can sometimes lose themselves when trying to plan the optimal route. How should they determine the optimal delivery sequence on a route? Especially when time windows, delivery arrangements and opening times come into play. This can be a complex puzzle, that can easily take several hours to calculate for a complete fleet. TLNplanner is the tool of choice for optimising routes.

Lower costs, better service

Route optimisation is one of the most important tasks of planners. Once all assignments have been distributed among the available vehicles, one question remains: what would be the optimal delivery sequence for each vehicle?

Inefficient route planning leads to unnecessary kilometres driven and therefore extra costs. And perhaps more importantly, customer confidence may suffer if agreed times are not met.

Plan faster and easier

With TLNplanner you can quickly and easily optimise the sequence of the routes stop points. This smart route calculation tool calculates the optimal delivery sequence for stop points, based on the straight-line distance or the number of kilometres by road. TLNplanner can also take into account as many as three time-windows per stop.

Are your deliveries tied to pre-arranged times, customer opening hours, or specific time windows, for example, when your vehicles are allowed to enter the inner city? In that case, TLNplanner offers the solution. With TLNplanner, you can avoid unnecessary kilometres, save fuel, reduce CO2 emissions and avoid waiting times. In short: smart planning saves you money.

TLNplanner is the standard route planner for the logistics sector. The distances calculated by shipping and transport companies with this route calculator are considered the standard when drawing up transport invoices. TLNplanner is also simply a very handy route planner.

TLNplanner was developed by PTV Group in collaboration with the branch association Transport & Logistiek Nederland (TLN). The reasoning behind it was the logistics sector's overwhelming need for a standardised system for calculating distances. TLNplanner avoids misunderstandings and disputes about distances charged.

Shippers and transport companies throughout the Netherlands and abroad use TLNplanner to calculate quotations, plan transport, calculate toll costs and prepare invoices. The route planner also takes into account the characteristics of the various vehicles. In other words, the calculated routes, times and distances are based on your specific vehicle profile.

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What does TLNplanner take into account?

  • Toll roads
  • Environmental zones
  • Driving times and rest periods
  • Traffic information
  • Different vehicle profiles (LHV & ADR among others)
  • Parking areas trucks

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