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No More Toll Gates
June 3, 2014   
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Gates at toll-collection points on all Polish freeways will disappear in less than two years, replaced by an electronic toll-collection system.

Toll gates will be taken down by 2016 on all freeways, including those managed by private businesses and by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA). Toll fees will remain unchanged.

The launch of an automated toll collection system is expected to bring the country hefty savings by 2018. In the process, the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways will need to terminate a contract for building more toll-collection points on the A4 freeway between Wroc³aw and Gliwice in southern Poland, which will cost it a breach-of-contract fine of zl.8 million. However, the potential benefits of closing down manned toll booths are high—up to zl.1.5 billion, which includes construction and maintenance costs and land that no longer needs to be purchased for new toll-collection points.

After the switchover, drivers will find it quicker and easier to pay tolls. Fees will remain the same, including on freeways managed by private companies.

Drivers will pay automatically via electronic devices mounted in their cars. Drivers who use freeways frequently will most likely be able to lease such devices for around zl.40 and top up their credit using a variety of methods, including online payment or premium rate text messages sent from their cell phones. Those who only drive on freeways occasionally will be able to rent such devices with credit on them at gas stations and rest and service areas.
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