SkyToll and Q-Free go to court over e-toll system

A dispute between electronic road-toll system provider SkyToll and Q-free, one of the contractors involved in the project, will end up in court, after a district court in Bratislava registered a damage compensation lawsuit filed between the two companies.

A dispute between electronic road-toll system provider SkyToll and Q-free, one of the contractors involved in the project, will end up in court, after a district court in Bratislava registered a damage compensation lawsuit filed between the two companies.

The lawsuit was filed on May 11, 2010. "The court is taking initial steps and procedures in the matter," Bratislava District Court spokesman Pavol Adamčiak told the TASR newswire. He added that the court is not authorised to provide details on the lawsuit to journalists, as this can be done only by the litigants.

The lawsuit is expected to delve into deals and information about negotiations on changing the supplier-customer contract concluded between the two companies. Q-Free, the supplier of the central system for the electronic road-tolling scheme, reported on May 28 that it had held negotiations with SkyToll regarding changes to their contract signed in January 2009.

Concerns about the contractor’s possible withdrawal from the project were voiced by representatives of the Slovak Union of Hauliers UNAS. According to UNAS, Q-Free has decided to end co-operation with the toll system provider, as the toll collection doesn't work and contains too many imperfections. The road-toll system has two contractors - Q-Free and Siemens. "According to our information, both companies blame each other over who is responsible for the system errors," said UNAS.

Source: TASR

For more information, please see: E-toll now in full force - but at what cost.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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