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. IT development is agile and is expected to be completed by mid-2019. At the same time, work is being carried out on the basic infrastructure. Among other things, the existing FCA beacon and enforcement system will be technically expanded and on-site tests will be carried out in spring 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 strict approval procedure. This procedure will be developed from summer 2019 onwards and will be finally defined by January 2020.
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 existing toll systems, such as the Swiss mileage-related heavy vehicle charge (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 2024. In order not to put unnecessary strain on the complex LSVA IT system, the IT systems of LSVA and EETS should 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 onboard equipment 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.