Electronic Road Toll Systems (Directive)
With the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS), the EU Commission wants to ensure that electronic toll collection systems become interoperable EU-wide. In cep’s view, the removal of legal requirements and the additional options for EETS providers facilitate the latter’s market entry. This creates a broader range of cross-border interoperable solutions.
In particular, the proposal to allow EETS providers to limit, in future, their services to a few Member States may help to persuade potential providers to actually enter the market. The obligation for EETS providers to disclose plans to expand their services could, however, lead to - competitively questionable - coordinated action. Improving the cross-border sharing of information facilitates the enforcement of road-use charges in the case of foreign vehicles. This strengthens the business model of EETS providers.