The new electronic toll collection system, officially launched into operation on January 1, 2010, is performing well and is delivering what it is designed for, said SkyToll, the company operating the system, in response to complaints about it from affected drivers, the TASR newswire reported.
SkyToll spokesman Matej Okáli admitted that the company has recorded 28 complaints from hauliers in the three days that the system has been in place. “We are reviewing them...and will respond within the legally-set period,” SkyToll director general Matej Okáli told TASR.
The system has so far collected €138,398 from 330,000 transactions. “More than 8,600 vehicles made at least one toll transaction in the first three days. More than 1 million plus kilometres have been driven on tolled stretches of roads,” said Okáli.
A five-kilometre traffic jam of trucks was created in northern Moravia in the Czech Republic on the Czech-Slovak border near the village of Mosty u Jablunkova on January 4, with Slovakia's new road-toll system blamed for the backup. According to the Czech police, it was caused by the introduction of electronic road tolls in Slovakia on January 1 and by the fact that onboard units for measuring the tolls could not be obtained directly at the border crossing but only further into Slovak territory. The police told TASR that trucks are being handled smoothly at other border crossings with Slovakia. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Jan 2010 at 10:00