Shell, that acquired 15% stake in toll service provider Toll4Europe in October 2018, has launched its own tolling solution for heavy-duty fleets: EETS. The service allows drivers to seamlessly manage toll payments in more than 10 countries across Europe.
The European Electronic Tolling Service (EETS) currently covers Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, some roads in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Bulgaria. 2 more countries, Hungary and Slovenia will be added to the service in 2020, and a pilot in Switzerland will be also available. In 2021, Shell plans to expand its service with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, a fully operating service in Switzerland, and the entire toll network in Poland.
European Electronic Tolling Service (EETS) is regulated by an EC Directive which addresses the interoperability of electronic tolling in the European Union and foresees that every road user will have access to electronic tolling across the continent using one contract and one on-board unit, the company explains.
Most European countries have their own tolling system and regulations and there are more than 100 toll providers in Europe – with 20 in France alone. The goal of a universal solution has not yet been reached by anyone in the market.
According to the company, full integration of all European toll systems is expected to take five or six years,as technical implementation and certification procedures are completed in each country across the network.
With over 30 years of experience in tolling, Shell has built a strong network of relationships with providers, and will be at the forefront of developments as they happen” – adds the company.