The European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) of the European Union (EU) enables a harmonised electronic toll service throughout Europe. The vision: transport vehicles should no longer have to stop at borders to pay tolls. The Federal Customs Administration (FCA) has created the prerequisites for connecting Switzerland to EETS with the EETS project, so that foreign transport vehicles will no longer have to stop at the Swiss border to pay the performance-related heavy vehicle charge (performance-related HVC).
The EETS DaziT project was launched in June 2018. Technically speaking, a new recording service was established and integrated into the existing Swiss toll system (performance-related HVC). On the infrastructure side, the beacon and enforcement systems along the Swiss road network and at border crossings were converted. In addition, a new organisational solution for the implementation of EETS was designed and tested. The FCA now works with private recording service providers, so called EETS providers, which have to undergo a four-stage approval procedure before they can offer their services in Switzerland. This approval procedure is aligned with the procedure established in the EU. The corresponding legal basis is provided by the FDF EETS and Fuel Card Providers Ordinance (SR 641.811.423) of 1 March 2020.
At the end of March 2020, the technical solution for EETS use was rolled out to the customs offices. In accordance with the new strategy, operation is ensured by a DevOps team. The approval procedure is accompanied by the FCA's specialist service. The FCA anticipates that the first lorries equipped with EETS devices will be able to enter Switzerland in the second half of 2020.