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Electronic tolls net €117 mill

SLOVAKIA’S electronic toll collection system that started in January 2010 has brought €117 million to the state during the first ten months of its operation. In October the toll collection system netted €14 million, the highest monthly amount since the system was launched, the SITA newswire reported.

SLOVAKIA’S electronic toll collection system that started in January 2010 has brought €117 million to the state during the first ten months of its operation. In October the toll collection system netted €14 million, the highest monthly amount since the system was launched, the SITA newswire reported.

More than €72 million in tolls were collected for travel along designated sections of highways and dual carriageways and €40 million came for vehicles using tolled sections of first-class roads. Foreign transport operators paid 42 percent of the overall sum collected, said Lenka Lendacká, a media representative for SkyToll, the operator of the system, which electronically collects tolls from vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tons, SITA wrote.

As of September 30, more than 188,000 vehicles were registered in the e-toll system and vehicles from foreign countries represented over 66 percent of the total. The total grew to 194,000 vehicles at the end of October.

In October the highest amount in tolls was collected on October 25 when vehicles paid €624,500. SkyToll said that tolled sections of roads were used by an average of 27,329 vehicles per day.

Foreign transport companies mostly use the pre-paid toll regime because they use tolled road sections only a few times a year.

“As many as 88.2 percent of foreign vehicles registered with the system used this option compared with 66.2 percent of the local transport operators and truckers,” Lendacká said, as quoted by SITA.


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