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Source: Fotolia / Lulla

Directive 2004/52/EC on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community states that private sector EETS providers are to enable users to have access to the tolled road network in Europe using a single on-board unit and with a single contract. Decision 2009/750/EC, which entered into force early in October 2009, fleshed out the definition of the EETS. The EETS Act, the purpose of which is to transpose the European Directive into national legislation and thus to create the national conditions for the EETS, entered into force on 13 December 2014.

In Germany, the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) has been designated the competent administrative authority for creating the conditions for the EETS. The EETS domain statement for the heavy goods vehicle tolling scheme has been published in the national register on the BAG's website - www.bag.bund.de - since early October 2010 and is updated whenever the need arises.

There are as yet no EETS providers. To facilitate the launch of the EETS, the European Commission is now supporting a regional approach, the objective of which is to initially establish the interoperability of electronic tolling systems in just a few core European countries and subsequently to progressively expand the EETS. Germany is a partner of this regional project.