New Toll Collection System Coming to Croatian Motorways

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Four bidders have sent their offers to prepare a study for the development of an electronic toll collection system.

The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure has received four bids for its public tender for expression of interest for drafting a study on the development of electronic toll collection system in Croatia, which is part of the project of modernisation and restructuring of the road sector, reports Večernji List on April 10, 2018.

The interested companies for the development of a new toll collection system on the motorways operated by the Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway (ARZ) operators are: Ernst&Young Savjetovanje Hrvatska and Ernst&Young GmbH from Germany, with Rapp Group as a subcontractor; the Hungarian company MultiContract Consulting; IDOM Consulting from Spain; and CGI from the Czech Republic, with subcontractors Deloitte Advisory from the Czech Republic and Deloitte Savjetodavne Usluge from Zagreb.

The rationalisation of toll companies’ operations should bring lower costs of road maintenance by at least 30 percent by the end of 2021 when the restructuring process is scheduled to end.

The financial details of bids are not yet known, because they have been stored in a safe and will be opened later. The estimated value of the job is a million euro, including the VAT. Consultants who get the assignment will have a task to devise a new electronic toll collection system that will be based, among other things, on distance and the free flow of traffic.

Two primary systems will be taken under consideration – DSCR (dedicated short-range communication), which already operates on Croatian motorways in its slower variant (ENC), and the GNSS (global navigation satellite system), which is a satellite toll collection system. Other technologies will also be analysed.

In the European Union, there are currently seven different electronic toll collection technologies and the Union is striving to achieve their interoperability, which is why member states are being guided towards using DSCR and GNSS systems.

Both systems mean that vehicles will have devices installed to calculate mileage and then charge tolls accordingly. The speed at points where data on entering and exiting motorways is collected can be up to 80 kilometres per hour, which means that the traffic will not have to be slowed down significantly.

The selected consultants will have nine months after signing the contract to propose a new toll collection system. The signing of the agreement is expected within three to four weeks.

Translated from Večernji List (reported by Josip Bohutinski).


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