European Electronic Toll Service (EETS)

Brief summary

With the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS), the EU wants to make a Europe-wide compatible electronic toll service possible. Foreign transport vehicles should no longer have to stop at borders to pay tolls – not even at the Swiss border.

Status and outlook

The EETS project is being implemented. The IT development was carried out using agile methods. After successful testing of the technical extensions of the existing beacon and en-forcement system, the conversion will be completed by the end of 2019.

For the implementation of EETS, the FCA is cooperating with privatised collection service providers (EETS providers). Before they can start their work, they must undergo a four-level approval procedure. To this end, a pilot with a test provider will take place. The results will be available by the end of 2019. This means that the approval procedure can be finally defined by the end of 2019.

The EETS is due to go live on 1 January 2020.

Object and purpose

The aim of the EETS project is to ensure that vehicles do not have to stop at the border just to pay the LSVA. In this way, it makes a significant contribution to simplifying and speeding up border crossings.

For the existing Swiss toll system (LSVA), EETS is a new recording service that must be integrated into the existing system. The existing LSVA infrastructure is to be changed as little as possible, as it must continue to function smoothly until it is replaced in 2025. In order not to put unnecessary strain on the complex LSVA IT system, the IT systems of the existing LSVA and EETS will work as independently of each other as possible.

The EETS project is not purely an IT project: it includes the adaptation of border control processes, the introduction of onboard equipment (OBE) in lorries and a functional extension of roadside infrastructure (beacon and enforcement facilities). These infrastructure components are not only used at the border (beacon facilities), but also in Switzerland for control purposes (enforcement facilities).

The OBE will be supplied by the future EETS providers. The providers also assume the entire collection system, collect the fees and pay them to the FCA. The FCA provides them with information on the technical interface, the fee to be paid and the detailed information required for passing on charges.

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