As of 16 August 2019, Bulgaria puts into technical operation an electronic system for the collection of distance-based road charges – toll, for vehicles with total technically permissible maximum weight over 3.5 tons.
Not later than 1 March 2020, the electronic system for collection of distance-based road charges – toll, will be put also into commercial operation. The scope of the toll system and the tariffs will be determined by decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. Until then, the users of the toll road network will continue to pay vignette charge for vehicles with total technically permissible maximum weight over 3.5 tons as follows: monthly, weekly and daily.
According to the valid legal basis, the payment of the toll entitles gives the vehicle for which the toll is paid for unimpeded passage along the republican toll road network. The charge due is determined depending on the distance travelled by the vehicle and on its technical characteristics (category, number of axles incident to the road, emission class).
Categories of road vehicles to which toll charging shall apply effective
Toll payment options
Vehicles with total technically permissible maximum weight over 3.5 tons will have the following options for payment of the due charges when using the republican toll road network:
Through a GNSS on-board unit
Determination of toll charges will be made through an on-board unit mounted in the vehicle which generates data (toll declarations) necessary for the calculation of the due toll. The data is processed by the National toll service providers (NSPs) or by the European electronic toll service providers (EETS providers) with which both the user and the toll charger – the Road Infrastructure Agency, have signed contracts. After processing the data, the service providers (NSPs and EETS) send them to RIA. RIA calculates the due charge for the relevant vehicle and the service providers guarantee its payment by the end user.
Through a GPS device
In the case the user of the republican toll road network has decided to use a GPS device, it is necessary that he/she has signed a contract with a Toll Declaration Data Provider (the so called toll declarations), which is entered in the public list of the Road Infrastructure Agency. The Toll Declaration Service Providers for their part should have a contract with a NSP to whom they should send the generated “raw” data from the GPS device. After processing the data, the service providers send them to RIA. RIA calculates the due charge for the relevant vehicle and the service providers guarantee its payment by the end user.
Owners and users of a vehicle with technically permissible maximum weight over 3.5 tons which have no on-board units or GPS devices may use the toll road network upon purchasing a route pass. The route pass is issued when the person wishing to use it states initial and final point of his route with up to four interim points of the declared route as well as the technical characteristics of the vehicle (plate number, nationality of the vehicle, category of the vehicle, emission class, number of axles incident to the road). This type of service is a prepaid service. The route pass allows the road user for a single trip on the route he has declared.
Route passes can be purchased from the Road Infrastructure Agency through the existing channels for sale of e-vignettes:
- at the cashiers of the provincial road administrations – by cash payment, card payment, including by fuel card
- at a self-service terminal – by card payment, including by fuel card
- via electronic means – on the internet on site www.bgtoll.bg and through the mobile application.
The issuance of a route pass is subject to preliminary calculation and payment of the toll due. It will be valid 24 hours from the moment of its activation and can be purchased up to 7 days in advance by registered users (the registration follows by electronic mail through the route pass purchasing platform) or up to 24 hours in advance – by non-registered users.
Tariffs and scope of the road network
In regard to the implementation of the toll system in Bulgaria. the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) is in the process of determining the tariffs as well as the road network to be tolled. For this purpose, RIA has signed a contract with the World Bank which will offer consultancy services for determination of the tariffs and the scope of the toll road network. They will be proposed for public discussion and will be adopted by the Council of Ministers after preliminary approval of the European Commission.
In the coming months and with approaching the implementation of tolling RIA will provide additional information.