Motorists are getting ready for the one-day e-sticker

The decision was announced by the European Parliament in February as part of a larger package that includes decisions on trucks. For example, time-based stickers should be introduced in all Member States and tolls should be levied on the basis of the distance traveled (in Hungary this has been known as “e-Tolling” since 2013 and applies to lorries over 3.5 tonnes).

This should be introduced everywhere by 2030.

Charges vary depending on the environmental impact of trucks and CO2 emissions. An important change is that this will be extended to buses and cars, ie there will be differentiated charges in Hungary as well. Currently, buses and cars pay for road use in the e-Martrica system.

While it seems logical that if someone only uses the highway for a day, don’t pay for 10 days, it’s not that simple and there are opponents.

Tamás Bartal, the CEO of Nemzeti Útdíjfizetési Szolgáltató Zrt. Previously, there was a four-day sticker, which, however, put road users who used Hungarian roads as transit in longer distances in a more favorable position, thus making it unfair to bear the burden.

The operation of the toll collection system also costs money, which is why it is not possible to charge a very low price for a one-day sticker. Although there is no information yet on the price of the new product, there is little chance that the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) would simply distribute the price of the 10-day sticker and ask for HUF 382 for it. Value for money is still worth buying for the longer term.

Formerly lawyer Kázmér Kovács, head of the legal committee of the Hungarian Car Club To the index he said the one-day sticker could be a step backwards towards a system commensurate with the distance traveled. This, in turn, would be detrimental to the environment, as it would lead many to avoid toll sections and increase traffic within the built-up area. The switch is not legal, of course, but he thinks the one-day sticker is a transition between the two and a big step in the latter direction.

A Pulse Researcher on behalf of our paper, we asked motorists to change their e-sticker shopping habits with a one-day entitlement.

The relative majority, which is 39 percent in this case, said it would buy this instead of 10 days. About 34 percent, however, depend on whether they can make significant savings on a weekend trip. For a trip from Friday to Sunday, this is a relevant issue, because if you are priced at 1000 forints, for example, it may not be worth buying three one-day stickers at all, including convenience fees.

16 percent of motorists using toll roads are perfectly matched by county stickers, and 11 percent buy one-year-olds.

The breakdown by age shows that older drivers prefer to take longer-term entitlements, such as national annual and county stickers. One-day opportunities will be less attractive among them.

Screening by educational attainment shows that those with a primary education prefer annual entitlements, and a one-day sticker may be attractive to graduates, but only if they can save on a weekend getaway.

Meanwhile, Budapest residents buy the largest number of annual stickers, while counties are more popular in the villages.

One-day stickers are considered most useful by residents of county-level cities, but may also be popular in smaller cities if they are not overpriced.

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The Pulse Researcher survey was conducted by interviewing 1,000 people, and the answers represent the opinion of the Hungarian adult population. This means that the data, according to gender, age, education and type of settlement, reflect the opinion of the adult population of 18 plus according to the Hungarian population.
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