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E-toll to Include Passenger Cars?
April 28, 2011   
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Unclear regulations could mean that some drivers of passenger cars might have to pay for using national roads under an electronic toll charging system intended for trucks.

As of July 1, Poland is launching an electronic system for charging drivers for using freeways and expressways. The system was intended to apply to trucks weighing over 3.5 metric tons and to replace the previous toll sticker system. Under an amendment to the law on public roads that also comes into force on July 1, however, the charge also applies to passenger cars if they are hauling a trailer or semi-trailer (a combination vehicle) that makes the car’s gross vehicle weight exceed 3.5 tons— which would be contrary to the spirit of the law.

The Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG) points out that the definition of an “automobile” set down in the law on public roads could cause serious problems in charging the toll. According to the KIG, the definition is too broad and vehicles with a passenger chassis should be exempt from it. The KIG says that the law should indicate unequivocally which motor vehicles traveling on national roads are subject to the toll.
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