Toll Collect will be tasked in future with collecting the truck toll for vehicles with a permissible gross weight of 12 tonnes or more on 1,000 kilometres of four-lane roads in Germany. The company and the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) have already come to an agreement on a contract that is pending final approval by supervisory committees. Both parties are hoping to see the contract signed very soon. With this step, the toll operator is demonstrating the flexibility and expandability of the satellite-based toll system.
Toll Collect will be required to have the technical and organizational requirements in place before 1 August 2012, the date toll collection is scheduled to start on federal roads. "Over the past seven years we have operated the truck toll system on motorways with the highest quality and reliability. Extending the system to federal roads in Germany underscores the mutual trust in the innovative technology and as well as in the cooperation between Toll Collect and the federal government", said Toll Collect CEO Hanns-Karsten Kirchmann.
The satellite-based toll collection system has been operating smoothly for the past seven years and does not require roadside infrastructure. Most of the trucks required to pay the road toll – more than 700,000 across Europe – are equipped with an On-Board Unit that uses satellite-based tracking to determine the distance travelled and wireless signals to transmit this information to the Toll Collect computer centre. The German Federal Office for Goods Transport has certified a detection rate of 99.9 percent for the toll operator in the 2010/2011 business year. Drivers whose vehicles are not equipped with an On-Board Unit can log-on to a toll route using the established manual log-on system.
On behalf of the German federal government, Toll Collect regularly updates the toll road network. New route data is transmitted via wireless signals to the On-Board Units. "The technical flexibility and efficiency of the satellite-based toll system makes it ideal for implementing the transport policy requirements of our client," says Kirchmann.
Since 1st January 2005, the company Toll Collect GmbH has operated a satellite-based system for collection of a distance-based toll for vehicles with a permissible gross weight of 12 tonnes or more travelling on motorways or specific segments of federal roads. When calculating the toll amount, the system takes into account the vehicle's emission class and number of axles. The dual system includes automatic and manual log-on options to ensure truck drivers from Germany and other countries have equal access to the toll road network. Since the system rollout, more than €25 billion in road tolls have been collected. Currently, some 142,000 transport companies in Germany and other countries are registered with Toll Collect. The company is headquartered in Berlin and has approximately 520 employees.
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