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Introduction of the new Belgian toll system

Sep 02, 2015
Belgium is to introduce a satellite-based toll system on 1 April, 2016.

The new system will include the existing Belgian Eurovignette road network (motorways and national roads in the Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels regions) and supersede the current time-based Eurovignette system.

The registration phase for the new toll in Belgium starts on 1 October, 2015 and will apply to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes permissible total weight, and to Belgian and foreign trucks alike. The level of the toll will depend on the permissible total weight, the Euro class of the truck and the road category.

In the last two decades most European countries have introduced electronic road toll systems. But these road toll systems were, and generally still are, non-interoperable. This implies that the cabins of international transporters need to be decorated with a myriad of electronic tags and on-board units. European service providers offer solution packages that relieve international transportation companies from burdens related to the many different, non-interoperable road toll systems. Their services combine payment systems of multiple road toll systems into one box, online toll calculators and provide solutions for centralised, monthly invoicing of paid road tolls, usually combined with payments of additional services such as ferries, fuel and VAT refund processes: services that ensure continuity and save costs.

The use of an On-Board Unit (OBU), such as those supplied by DKV Euro Service, is one of the big advantages of this kind of automated toll system. With an OBU, transport and logistic companies can save time en route, save costs on administrative tasks and receive all payments in one invoice. 

From the start of the registration phase for the new Belgian toll-system (October 1, 2015), DKV Euro Service is joining with UNICEF Netherlands to help create awareness for the organisation’s project in Mozambique called “A battle against malnourishment, a battle against infant mortality”. More information on this can be found on the DKV website: www.dkv-euroservice.com.

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