A decision on Wednesday by Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis opened the process of tendering for an electronic toll-calculation system on all highways in Greece.
The dates will be announced after the call for tenders date is published in the formal EU newspaper; bidding is expected to take place in mid-February 2018. The system is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018, starting with Egnatia Odos, which crosses northern Greece.
The ministry has already begun talks with contractors managing highways with toll booths in Greece, to brief them on the process.
The “Installation of a full electronic system of analog charging of tolls, of satellite technology with optical recognition”, as the system will be known, will affect all private cars and professional-use vehicles.
The ministry said that the current system, which promotes pollution because of stops for tolls every 30-40 km, and which raises a lot of complaints from drivers over uneven charges, will be replaced by a full electronic toll-calculation free-flow system. This will charge drivers according to the kilometers covered, except for Attiki Odos, the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, and the Preveza-Aktio Connector.
The distance covered will be calculated in two ways, depending on the vehicle. Professional-use vehicles will install an On-Board Unit, which will record position and kilometers covered via satellite (GNSS technology), while cars will be identified through their licence plates by cameras during their entry and exit on the roads (Automatic Number-Plate Reading, ANPR).