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E-tolls up, cheating may be possible

MORE than €23 million has been collected in road tolls over the nearly three month period during which the new electronic system has been operating, the TASR newswire reported.

MORE than €23 million has been collected in road tolls over the nearly three month period during which the new electronic system has been operating, the TASR newswire reported.

Electronic tolls on Slovak motorways, highways and first-class roads were introduced for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes on January 1.

According to SkyToll, the operator of the system, and the National Highway Company (NDS), higher amounts have been collected in recent weeks on first-class roads which had been excluded from tolls for 47 days beginning on January 14 while shortcomings in the system were dealt with.

NDS director Igor Choma said as reported by TASR that more tolls were collected over the last week of March than during any previous week since the electronic tolls were introduced.

Meanwhile, media reported that truck drivers might be able to avoid making the toll payments by using illegal, but available, jammers of the satellite signal, which according to the ČTK newswire, are relatively inexpensive. The NDS reported it is ready to deal with any such practices.

ČTK reported that by using such a jammer, information about the number of kilometres driven on tolled highways will not be transmitted to the satellite system, leaving a truck practically invisible.

Choma stated that using a jammer is considered a crime and will be dealt with as such.


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