Greece has introduced tolling of highways per kilometer traveled

Greece is the first country in the European Union to use an electronic toll collection system in which car drivers are charged only the actual kilometers traveled by highway.

As it says HAK Magazine, Kapsch TrafficCom’s new system complements the unpopular existing payment system, which charges drivers part of the way, even if they leave after the first charge.

The European Union views traditional share-based payment as an unfair model and promotes the collection of only actual kilometers traveled. This method will be mandatory for new toll routes and is also recommended for the old highway network. This means that the transition to the new toll system of the A8 highway (Athens – Patras) in December 2020 is not only revolutionary for Greece, but will probably create an example in the entire EU.

The cars will be equipped with electronic units that attach to the internal windshield. When the car enters the toll booth, the system will automatically debit the toll costs from the owner’s account and a ramp will be opened so that the vehicle can pass on the highway. When the vehicle leaves the route, all overpaid costs for the entire section will be refunded to the driver’s account in the billing transaction by mileage.

City and town leaders along the Athens-Patras highway have lobbied for the introduction of a hybrid multi-lane toll system, an old toll system and a new one. The reason is that drivers who want to avoid the costs of the entire part of the A8 highway remained on the roads that pass through the cities, which resulted in a significant noise and emissions load. In the future, it is possible to determine the toll for vehicles according to different environmental standards: e-vehicles would pay less than petrol or diesel, for example.


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