On 13 October 2016, the first enforcement pillar will be set up in in Sarstedt near Hildesheim (Germany) on the B6. As part of the technical preparation of the toll system for the planned expansion of the toll requirement on 40,000 kilometres of federal trunk roads from 2018, Toll Collect will initially set up an enforcement pillar for testing purposes in every federal state by the end of the year. From 2018, it will be possible for the enforcement pillars to check whether trucks of 7.5 tonnes or more gross vehicle weight have paid the fee on federal trunk roads.
The locations for the enforcement pillars were agreed upon with the client and the federal states. The results collected from the tests will influence the subsequent development of the project. At first, the enforcement pillars will not yet be active. The setup of the around 600 enforcement pillars on the federal trunk roads will begin from autumn 2017.
Up until now, compliance with the toll requirement on federal trunk roads subject to toll has been monitored using mobile and portable enforcement. In the future, stationary enforcement equipment will be used on federal trunk roads, which will complement the mobile enforcement. They work similarly to the enforcement gantries on the motorways and, like them, will only forward data to the control centre from vehicles suspected of either paying the toll incorrectly or not at all. All other data will be deleted in the pillar on site. Compared to the enforcement gantries, the pillars take up significantly less space and blend in better with the countryside. The pillars are around four metres tall and coloured so as to rule out confusion with speed enforcement.
In Germany, there is a toll requirement on motorways and selected federal trunk roads for vehicles and vehicle combinations of 7.5 tonnes or more gross vehicle weight.