Greece gives a red card to "unfair" tolls
In December 2020, Greece became the first country in the European Union to operate an electronic toll system in which car drivers are only charged for actual kilometers driven on the motorway.
Last December, our country became the first in the EU to launch the electronic toll system.
The new “Hybrid Multi-Lane Toll System” from Kapsch TrafficCom supplements the unpopular existing payment system that charges drivers for an entire section of road, even if they exit after the first toll barrier.
“Kilometer-based toll billing is the future” says Michael Weber,
Strategic Sales Manager of Kapsch TrafficCom. “The European Union sees
traditional section payment as an unfair
This method will be mandatory for new toll routes and a recommended feature for existing toll routes. This means that the changeover on the A8 motorway from Athens to Patras in December 2020 is not only groundbreaking for Greece, but is likely to set a precedent throughout the EU.”
To use the new service, cars will be equipped with
Reduced emissions and improved traffic flow.
Civic leaders of cities and towns along the Athens-Patras motorway have lobbied for the introduction of the hybrid multi-lane toll system. The reason is that motorists wanting to avoid the cost of an entire stretch of motorway 8 stayed on roads going through towns, which resulted in a considerable noise and emissions burden. Mileage-based charging with the new system now provides a rebate solution in which overpaid road use is credited according to the actual exit chosen. Drivers have a new incentive to use the motorway.
“Other toll routes in Greece, as well as in other countries such as
Spain or Italy, are likely to follow the example of the new 'Hybrid
Multi-Lane Toll System',” says Michael Weber. “The billing technology
not only ensures that costs are charged fairly in line with European
Union recommendations, but can also be expanded to include additional
services. For example, it is possible to set the toll for vehicles
according to different environmental standards: