Road Tolling - Articles and news items
Europe launched wireless communication standards for tolling in 1997. During the 90s, tolling became a viable means to finance soaring road infrastructure costs as trade increased between the European countries. Many formulated visions for pan European interoperability where users subject to tolls could enjoy a seamless service or ‘one tag one contract’. However, a decade later, a seamless toll service operating across Europe remains a utopia. Only national schemes and the Scandinavian NorITS offer seamless services between different toll charging domains. In this article we try to pinpoint the challenges that pertain to this situation. In light of the recent European Commission funded research projects to identify convergent strategies on interoperability and the draft commission Decision on a European Electronic Toll Service, EETS1, we also express our views on the way ahead.
Technological developments have unleashed a multitude of tools for the owners of road user charging and congestion charging systems. It could be thought that this vast selection of tools would make system design and operation very easy, and that assumption is correct if the focus remains on the system, rather than individual technologies. A road user charging system or a congestion charging system is a complex structure that must work in conjunction with different technologies.