Freight News, Road

Operators act to avert Belgian toll chaos

[ March 30, 2016   //   ]

One week before a new toll system is due to be introduced in Belgium, only a small number of the satellite on-board units have been delivered to operators, says fuel and service card supplier Union Tank Eckstein (UTA). The Viapass satellite-based toll system electronic is due to replace the Eurovignette on 1 April and at the same time tolls will become obligatory for all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes compared with the previous 12-tonne threshold.
UTA chief executive, Volker Huber, said: “Only a small proportion of OBUs has arrived for large customers, some of whom have ordered and registered their vehicle data for several hundred units.
UTA has set up a taskforce and has mobilised all available staff to prepare units at its headquarters in Kleinostheim in central Germany over the Easter holidays and sent them to as many customers as possible. UTA has also set up mobile handover stations at ten border crossing points with Belgium.
“Out-dated versions of software as well as huge logistic problems with the suppliers in delivering the toll units to our customers have caused many difficulties. We are making immense efforts to compensate these customers by providing them with a quick and practical solution”, addsc Volker Huber.
Toll service provider Satellic has also deployed 40 to 50 mobile teams to hand out OBUs at the borders in addition to the more than 100 service points.