The TolI System will be Ready for Technical Operation from August 16th
The electronic toll collection system based on travelled distance – toll, for vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes is ready to be put into operation from August 16th. On-the-spot system tests will be performed with real-time data from on-board units and route passes for an estimation of the costs of carriers.
The expectations are that in November at the earliest, the system will be commissioned following an agreement with the transport industry on the tariffs and the coverage of toll roads and after its effectiveness for distance-based tolling has been demonstrated. Until then, heavy goods vehicles are required to purchase e-vignettes. Legislation changes are currently being prepared to that end and are expected to be adopted by the end of the summer session of the National Assembly.
This was revealed at a press conference by the Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Nikolay Nankov and the Director of the National Toll Administration Prof. Oleg Asenov.
Negotiations with carriers will be held on 3 July, and the first meeting of the Public Advisory Council at the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works on the introduction of the system is envisaged for July 5th .
The toll system will cover 6,000 km of the national road network. These will mostly comprise motorways, first-class roads and sections of the second-class road network in accordance with the decision of the meeting between Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and representatives of the transport sector in mid-May, Deputy Minister Nankov pointed out. Our goal is a balanced and efficient toll tariff, he explained. The expected toll revenue is about BGN 700 million per year and a total of about BGN 1 billion with vignette sales. More than 4,150,000 e-vignettes worth around BGN 244 million were sold from December 17th, 2018 to June 24th, 2019. Of these, e-vignettes for heavy goods vehicles were 1,072,212 amounting to BGN 55,765,507.
Three types of tolls are envisaged – a route pass, GPS trackers, and on-board units. The route pass is suitable for less-frequent drivers. It will be valid for 24 hours after its activation. The route pass can be purchased one to seven days in advance depending on whether the road user has been registered in the system. The road user will also be required to specify 4 intermediate points, besides the starting and the ending point of the route. On-board units and GPS trackers are intended for regular users of the national road network. We are still having a discussion about whether the state and the National Toll Administration, as a toll operator, will offer on-board units – by selling or renting, or will sell only route passes, Deputy Minister Nankov said.
Route passes will be sold via well-known channels – www.bgtoll.bg, the mobile application, the offices of the Regional Road Administration, and the self-service terminals. Prof. Oleg Asenov pointed out that successful tests have already been carried out for generation of virtual route passes and toll calculation on the basis of data from a virtual on-board unit, a test tariff, and a test coverage of toll roads.
A calculator has also been developed and will be introduced on www.bgtoll.bg after the final estimation of tariffs and toll roads, he added. With its help, each carrier will be able to quickly and accurately calculate their fee according to the characteristics of the vehicle and the planned route.
Up to now, 65 of 100 camera checkpoints have been established to assist the mobile teams of the National Toll Administration in monitoring the compliance of road users. All 100 frameworks must be ready for the start of the system on 16 August, Prof. Asenov pointed out.
Starting July 1th, the existing 195 traffic monitoring frameworks will be upgraded. The beginning of the next month will also see the start of the training of toll inspectors to ensure we are technically ready for road control, Prof. Asenov specified.
Up to now, over 640,000 vehicles have been inspected, of which nearly 90,000 with a foreign registration. For offences, 33,230 compensatory charges have been imposed and about 3,900 documents establishing administrative offences have been drawn up. Sanctioned foreign citizens are more than 7,800.