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The experiences of controls of the National Toll Payment Services PLC /NÚSZ Zrt./ which have been carried out during summer concerning road usage rights, show, that the proportion of hauliers non paying the toll is only 1,2 % after the visual control, and this number is steadily decreasing from one month to the next. Since the introduction of the system of last year, the majority of carriers has learnt how to use the HU-GO system, however, some typical user errors still occur that are worth highlighting. In order to promote the law-abiding behaviour, the NÚSZ Zrt. has again collected the most important information in its autumnal brochure „e-Toll guide”. The printed prospectus is available at customer service points of NÚSZ Zrt,, at the dealer points / e.g. at patrol stations/, in offices of the interest representatives and on the HU-GO website as well.
Transport companies can breath a sigh of relief: unexperienced users who have paid the toll, but with delay or not according to the regulation respectively based on false declaration, are granted amnesty by a legislative amendment in the introduction phase of the e-toll payment system.
At the end of March the government decided to set up a committee with the aim of establishing the equitable regulation of fines related to e-toll. The amendment proposal has been prepared as a result of the reconciliation between the Ministries and the interest organisation representing the freighters. Through the fine tuning of the successfully introduced e-toll system the fines fixed on an equitable basis and the efficient control can protect the law-abiding users even more successfully. The onboard unit excluding human error – such as the OBU S550 unit of i-Cell Kft. – is increasingly being used by the freighters. Nine out of ten domestic registered carriers are already carrying out the declaration in this manner, therefore the problem is not expected to reappear.
By waiving e-toll fines imposed in well defined cases the amendment can now save transport companies from insolvency. Bona fide carriers booked their right for road usage subsequently but at latest in 8 hours after the detection of the usage or they changed from the predefined route to a functionally parallel road section which may be available at a lower price. The repeatedly failed toll payment could lead in each case the imposition of a fine of up to an 165 thousand forints. A smaller group of freighters is affected by the problem, however, it is estimated that a significant part of the 100-120 enterprises can become ruined due to the accumulated fine without intervention. The Parliament is entitled to lay down a temporary regulation without prejudice to the public interest in order to avoid that road users not paying toll are placed in a competitively more advantegous position compared to law-abiding users. However, it is important to note: it is only an amendment proposal, it has not yet entered into force,therefore the old rules are valid for the time being.
On the occasion of the event organised on 28. January 2014 in the WHALE conference room Lászlóné Németh, Minister of National Development, summarised the experiences and international successes of HU-GO distance-based Electronic Toll System gained during its half-year operation and congratulated the experts involved in the implementation of the project in form of a letter of thanks.
„By introducing the HU-GO system, a decennial ordeal has ended in the financial system of the national public road network. Though previously there were discussions on introducing the Electronic Toll System in Hungary, however,the present government begun to implement it and was able to carry it through to success. within a short time. The introduction of the e-toll system is favourable to every Hungarian citizen, since incomes resulting from the system will be alloted to the operation, maintenance and development of the national public road network.” – Lászlóné Németh said. „The successful implementation of the HU-GO Electronic Toll System system has required a lot of of work and has resulted in considerable effects.We rightly call the implementation of this system an outstanding achievement in international relation as well. As a result, the national e-toll system could become an example to be followed for other EU member countries too.” – the minister added.
Lászlóné Németh expressed her appreciation for the work of more hundred experts participating in this project, ten of them received ministerial recognition in form of a letter of thanks. The ministerial recognition doesn’t imply money reward.
Tibor Börzsei, Director General of the Electronic Toll System operator National Toll Payment Services Plc. summarised the operating experienses in his speech and he also spoke about the efforts of the company to make the system more user-friendly considering the comments and proposals of users as well as through fine-tuning of the system this year too. (…)
Road sections exempt of fees introduced due the the extraordinary weather have been terminated as well as the temporary truck traffic stop was also lifted on road sections concerned, since according to the weather forecast such intense snowfall and freezing rain are not to be expected this week that would justify the further maintenance of the former yellow and red alert level. It is highly recommended to check the toll balance before departure and to care for topping it up in time. Flash signals of OBU unit have merely informative value, more information on your balence may be acquired by looking at the online account.We call the attention of our kind customers to the fact that the rise in temperature simultaneously with the warm front lead to the decrease of concentrating ability of drivers, therefore everyone sitting behind the steering wheel must pay greater attention to the increased reaction time of other road users.