The plans of the Ministry of Infrastructure were presented by Jarosław Waszkiewicz, director of the Department of Public Roads at the Ministry of Infrastructure, during the Wednesday session of the Parliament’s Infrastructure Committee. As reported in a press release by PAP, the department director stated, among other things, that the current toll network for heavy goods vehicles, covering approx. 3,700 km, has not been expanded since 2017, and since then 1,500 km of expressways and motorways have been built. And although these sections have already been put into service and could be subject to tolls, truck drivers can still travel on them without paying a fee.
“We have indicated these 1,500 km of roads, broken down into individual sections, to the first extension of the electronic toll system for heavy goods vehicles, which we want to take place in 2022” – said Waszkiewicz and at the same time informed that the Ministry of Infrastructure is preparing the notification of a new toll collection network for vehicles trucks. Once it is prepared, it will go to the European Commission.
The Director of the Public Roads Department clarified that the notification will include information on both the current and the future planned toll collection network, primarily motorways and expressways already built and those that will be built under the National Road Construction Program by 2030.
Waszkiewicz reminded that e-TOLL has been operating for four months. The new toll collection system is based on satellite positioning technology and replaced the previously used viaTOLL, based on short-range communication (DSRC). The infrastructure and technical capabilities of e-TOLL allow for a quick and efficient extension of the toll road network at reduced costs compared to viaTOLL.