Since the inception of the European Union in 1993, politicians in the EU have been spouting off about the advantages of a “unified Europe,” claiming that it would bring all of its member states under one economic system with one currency, allowing them to act cooperatively for the “greater good.”

Of the many advantages touted to be included in the EU was the ability to travel freely between member states with no passports, unfortunately one crucial system that was not unified was the toll system.

Because the member states of the EU have been left to implement their own system to collect toll fares, this has left traveling between countries difficult and often expensive, which is why EU is planning to implement the European Electronic Toll Service.

Some of the costs incurred by having multiple different toll systems is the requirement for truck drivers to have several different electronics systems on-board, specifically for those using E-ZPass type systems.

The problem here is that certain countries, choosing not to cooperate, would consider a motorcycle a car simply for toll purposes, while other countries properly distinguish them as motorcycles.

Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, and Poland have decided they are going to be set the example and be the first to implement an electronic pass system to ease travel across their borders.

According to a report on the Government of the Netherlands website, EETS went into effect for trucks and cargo vehicles in 2012 and is scheduled to take effect for most other vehicles on Oct. 8 of this year. If you wish to read the EU document in it’s entirety, it can be found here.

Source: Bikes in the Fast Lane

  • paulus

    That’s a positive step.
    Here in Thailand we are still fighting to allow motorcycles onto the toll roads :(

  • BBQdog

    The EU, nearly non of their residents want it. Undemocratic like the former USSR and corrupt.
    Currently there are not many countries withing the EU with toll, but when the EU gets their way we always end up paying more.

  • walkingshadow

    @BBQdog : as always nobody want to pay, but everybody wants the service …
    EU is ruled and corrupted by lobbies and big-businness like other “democratic countries” worldwide
    “Technical problems” are generated by politicians than don’t know of EU unity mus to be improved by daily life.
    One example ? Why EU has open the inner borders to citizen and goods but it has not planned an uniforation of traffic signs and road laws ? The answer is political (and here is note the right place to talk about it).
    EU needs unity a technical unity ans it could be easy, simplyfing the daily life.

  • Jackoat

    Sounds like a good move, and whilst it doesn’t affect me it must be good if you drive across Europe for a living. It would be good if the tolls also got ‘managed down’ a chunk too. Bikes impose such a low level of wear and tear on a road that they should go for virtually nothing. It’s trucks that pound the roads to bits and they should bear the proportionate cost, even over cars, if life was fair…….
    I agree that this is a not a political forum but I just cannot help myself making the observation that people dying in Ukraine seems to say something about European democracy being somewhat better than the current Russian version. They seem to be close enough to know……
    That said, Russia also seems to be learning that the world has changed in the last century and they have only moved towards democracy in the relatively recent past.
    On the road signs – I think agreeing a common language might be a slight problem just now. As for the pictograms I think they are fairly easy to understand and at least they are a reminder that driving standards/attitudes are probably a little different to what you are used to.
    Getting everybody driving on the same side is probably a higher, but way more expensive, need.

  • BBQdog

    @walkingshadow: I meant: nobody wants the EU. Nor their toll system.

  • smiler


    Apologies but that is just not true.

    France, Spain and Italy spring to mind.

    The toll bridges between Denmark and Sweden used by millions each year.The internal bridges in Denmark.

    The conjection charge, the M6 Toll Road

    The Chunnel

    To name but a few examples.

    Ever been to the USSR?

    Not to mention the possibility to automate the Chunnel and the congestion charge in the UK, the toll roads in Italy that operate 2 systems,

  • walkingshadow

    @smiler : in Italy 2 systems ? “Telepass” is a de-facto standard of non-stoppping toll system.

    @BBQdog : 1. i dont’ like generalization. 2. I dont’ need more hate around. 3. I live in EU i know what i mean …

  • Having travelled through Spain, Italy and France and used the toll system, I can’t say having to stop at tolls and dig some cash out has been too much of a pain. I think this is aimed more at people perhaps living in one country and commuting into another.

    The problem is where does it stop? If it’s easier to pay toll, then it’s also easier to charge tolls. Will this eventually lead to an increase in toll roads in countries like the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands? Countries that at present don’t have many.

  • Joe Sixpack


    All these “moto” journos should go into regular print journalism they’re so lefty.

  • walkingshadow

    Maybe it was a misunderstanding about the non-stopping toll : no, it isn’t needed.
    But the good news about the intent of a european toll-consortium opens the “practical questions” …
    An “european toll card” or a “EU temporary toll permission (like Austrina system)” will have a warm welcome from a lot of people.