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03.08.2018 10:40
The introduction of the toll system will begin from 1 January 2019

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From 1 January 2019 will begin the phased introduction of the toll-system in Bulgaria with the introduction of the "electronic vignette" for passenger cars, and from August trucks over 3.5 tons will also be charged. This is what a regional minister Nikolay Nankov said in a reply to a parliamentary inquiry, BGNES reports.

Nankov furthermore explained that this electronic system will collect charges for the use of the national road network on a distance basis for vehicles with a total technically permissible maximum mass over 3.5 tons and on a time basis for passenger cars with a common technically permissible maximum mass up to 3.5 t (electronic vignette).

"The contractor must build the system within 19 months. The first 7 months are mainly allotted for the design and construction of the system as well as for the initial testing of its individual components and in its entirety and for the remaining 12 months it is essential to demonstrate its functionality in a real working environment," said Nankov.

He added that operating costs are expected to be between BGN 148 mln and BGN 253 mln. annually, depending on the way of charging and annual revenues will vary between BGN 661 million and BGN 1,483 million from 2019 onwards.

"It should be noted that the real system will be operational in the second half of 2019, the starting point for reported revenue from collected fees is the beginning of 2020. Expectations are that the two systems will generate revenue of over BGN 800 million per year, which will allow more funds for road repairs. In the future, tolls will be based on an intelligent system in order to spread the costs more fairly between road users than on a "one-priced" basis. New technologies offer opportunities to achieve this goal, such as revenue collection at different prices from different types of vehicle and on different roads, and to apply the principle that the consumer pays and the polluter pays, so that those vehicles which are the most harmful roads to pay more. Also, the future approach will be flexible in terms of consumer growth, the use of the road network, and can help to introduce new services. The new toll collection model will be fully in line with EU legislation in this area, "the regional minister said.

 Nankov explained that the introduction of the toll system and the changes to the Roads Act will enable the proceeds of e-charging to be directed both to the rehabilitation and renewal of the existing infrastructure and to the construction of new road sections. "It is envisaged that 50% of the funds will be directed towards the construction of major roads, mainly in Northern Bulgaria, such as Hemus Motorway, Vidin-Botevgrad Speedway, Rousse Veliko Tarnovo Motorway, and the other 50% to the rehabilitation of the existing Republican infrastructure. At the present 8000 km of the republic roads are in poor condition We plan to repair the road network after 6-7 years After the renovation of the roads in need of repair, the revenues from the electronic charging will be used mainly for road maintenance," said the Minister, who also commented that state revenues from the sale of vignettes have so far been insufficient to meet the demands of the public for more modern, more comfortable and safer roads.

TAGS: toll | roads | bulgaria | motorways 

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