EETS (European Electronic Toll Service) simplifies payment of mileage-related heavy vehicle charge (LSVA) for vehicles registered abroad as of 2020
The aim of the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) is to make it easier for EETS users to pay tolls for the use of the European road network subject to tolls in the member states of the European Union (EU) by signing one contract with one EETS provider, using one on-board unit and getting one invoice.
The introduction of the EETS in the EU member states is based on Directive 2004/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community and Commission Decision 2009/750/EC of 6 October 2009 on the definition of the European electronic toll service and its technical elements.
In the Joint Committee on the Inland Transport Agreement with the EU, in 2010, the Confederation informed the European Commission that Directive 2004/52/EC will not be incorporated into Swiss law. However, the levying of the mileage-related heavy vehicle charge (LSVA) will be made possible via the EETS in the case of vehicles not registered in Switzerland.
With the adaptation of the Heavy Vehicle Charge Ordinance (HVCO) of 6 March 2000, the provisions for the EETS were incorporated into the HVCO on 1 May 2018. The resulting Ordinance of the Federal Department of Finance on the EETS with its annexes on the technical and operational requirements for the EETS providers should enter into force in December 2019. Compliance with these requirements and the existence of a multi-stage approval procedure from January 2020 form the basis for concluding an approval contract as an EETS provider in the LSVA area.
The technical and operational requirements, as well as the approval contract currently have draft status. For this reason, these documents can only be issued as advance information at the EETS providers' own request and risk.
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