Cross-border interoperability of EU electronic road toll systems, is finally here
The last trialogue negotiation on the EETS Cross-border interoperability, which is a part of the Mobility Package I, took place yesterday with positive results.
The objective was to achieve the interoperability of all electronic road toll systems in the EU in order to avoid proliferation of incompatible systems, which may compromise both the smooth operation of the internal market and the achievement of transport policy objectives. Road users, such as truck drivers, experience an administrative burden, because they have to switch between toll systems when driving from one Member State to the other. This legislation is, therefore, an important step forward for Member States and for road users throughout the Union.
Our ALDE Shadow , MEP Matthijs Van Miltenburg, succeeded in influencing the negotiations and including very important measures in the final agreement such as automatic number plate recognition and facilitating the cross-border exchange of information on failures to pay a road fee which implies also processing personal data , in full compliance with the GDPR. On the final agreement, he said:
"Our goal to make it possible to travel in the future across the Union with only one on-board equipment was broadly adopted by negotiating parties. Last but not least, one of our priorities, the assessment of the possible extension of the provisions facilitating cross-border enforcement to low emission zones, restricted access zones or other urban vehicle access regulation schemes was also welcomed by the negotiation team."