Toll Fee for Cars on Bulgarian Motorways to Amount to BGN 0.10/km

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 18, 2015, Wednesday // 10:19| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Toll Fee for Cars on Bulgarian Motorways to Amount to BGN 0.10/km Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova has informed that the motorway toll for cars will amount to around BGN 0.10 per kilometer.

In a Wednesday interview for Nova TV, Pavlova noted that traffic analyses were yet to be conducted, with the estimates to be ready by the end of the year.

She pointed out that the introduction of the toll fees for cars would be on the agenda of the authorities over the next 2-3 years.

Pavlova, as cited by dnevnik.bg, clarified that Bulgaria needed revenues of around BGN 1 B a year to ensure EU-level road maintenance standards.

Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister said that the toll system would be introduced in stages, with TIR trucks and heavy trucks to be the first types of vehicles on which it was levied.

Pavlova underscored that TIR trucks had to be kept away from small roads unfit for intense traffic.

She declared that electronic vignette stickers for cars would be introduced next, while the car toll would be applied after the completion of the motorway ring.

Pavlova confirmed the schedule for the launch of new motorway sections in 2015, with the Dupnitsa-Blagoevgrad section of the Struma motorway to be unveiled in October and the Sandanski-Kulata section in August and the entire Maritsa motorway to be opened by September.

Responding to allegations that the government was financing home retrofits in municipalities dominated by ruling party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), she stated that three contracts under the home energy retrofit program had been signed in Varna, Vratsa, and Pleven, with ten more to be signed, including in the towns of Momchilgrad, Madan, Dimitrovgrad.

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