Four summers have now passed since EAC welcomed EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc's proposal to introduce uniform criteria for collecting passenger car tolls across Europe (see below EAC Position Paper 2015). However, this hot summer too shall not spare the motorists in Europe from the patchwork of toll roads creating a traffic mayhem. Each and every border crossing will remain a modular guessing game with a variety of basic components: time-based or distance-related and paper vignette or electronic license plate recognition.
In most European countries, tolls on passenger cars are accepted as a key pillar in funding the development of infrastructure. Yet with very different toll systems applied across Europe, it is sometimes hard to find one’s way through this ‘toll jungle’.