Greece stops „unfair“ tolling on the motorway – Kapsch TrafficCom reports
Greece is the first country in the European Union to operate an electronic toll system in which car drivers are only charged for actual kilometers driven on the motorway. The new "Hybrid Multi-Lane Toll System" from Kapsch TrafficCom supplements the unpopular existing payment system that charges drivers for an entire section of road, even if they exit after the first toll barrier.
"Kilometer-based toll billing is the future," says Michael Weber, Strategic Sales Mnager of Kapsch TrafficCom. "The European Union sees traditional section payment as an unfair phase-out model and is pushing to charge only for actual kilometers driven in the future. This method will be mandatory for new toll routes and a recommended feature for existing toll routes. This means that the changeover on the A8 motorway from Athens to Patras in December 2020 is not only groundbreaking for Greece, but is likely to set a precedent throughout the EU."
To use the new service, cars will be equipped with on-board units that attach to the vehicle’s interior windshield . When the car enters a toll checkpoint, the system will automatically debit the toll costs from the owner's customer account. As soon as the vehicle exits the route, any overpaid costs for the entire section will be credited back to the driver's account in a mileage-based billing transaction.
Reduced emissions and improved traffic flow
Cities and towns along the Athens-Patras motorway have lobbied for the introduction of the hybrid multi-lane toll system. The reason is that motorists wanting to avoid the cost of an entire stretch of motorway 8 stayed instead on roads going through towns, which resulted in a considerable noise and emissions burden.
"Other toll routes in Greece, Spain or Italy, are likely to follow the example of the new 'Hybrid Multi-Lane Toll System,'" says Michael Weber. "The billing technology not only ensures that costs are charged fairly in line with European Union recommendations, but can also be expanded to include additional services. For example, it is possible to set the toll for vehicles according to different environmental standards: e-vehicles would pay less than gasoline or diesel, for example."
For additional information: www.kapsch.net/ktc?lang=en-us
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