The ticketing system for charging lorries driving through Slovakia is about to be extended, TASR learnt from Transport Ministry spokesman Stanislav Jurikovič on March 18. The system, as an alternative payment method to the electronic toll system for lorries on sections of highways, expressways and first-class roads, was originally supposed to be abolished by April 2010.
The ministry extended the ticketing system after a meeting on Thursday, March 18, with representatives of the ČESMAD hauliers association. "It's our intention to meet the demands of hauliers halfway. Their proposal to extend the ticketing system is feasible," said Jurikovič. Transit ticketing will remain in place much longer, partly, in response to demands from foreign hauliers. "The main benefit of the system is that it allows lorries at transit border crossings to be processed more quickly," said ČESMAD general secretary Pavol Reich. The ticketing system was introduced as a temporary alternative payment method two months ago, and has proven to be efficient. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold so far, with the system being used by 76 percent of lorries passing through the Čunovo-Rajka border crossing (Bratislava region) and 73 percent of lorries at the Brodské-Břeclav crossing (Trnava region).
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Mar 2010 at 12:00