Ministry lauds road use toll despite rough start

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Truckers are actively paying the new road use tax, Transport Ministry spokesman Rolands Rumba told Latvian Public Radio Friday, bringing more than €1 million euros in to state coffers for 14731 vehicles altogether in just the first week of launching the system, known by the name eurovignette.

Altogether 8677 Latvian trucking companies paid the toll last week, compared to Lithuania and Poland’s long-distance haulers numbering 2501 and 2070, respectively. Most cargo transport firms paid the toll for a period of one month, whereas 1000 vehicles have already paid for the most cost-effective term of one year.

Though the first days of launching the system saw queues and frustration at some fueling stations in border zones where the retail toll paying service is accessible, Rumba asked drivers and vehicle owners to be reasonable and understanding during the implementation period. He said the system has currently come to order.

State Police officers are conducting spot checks for enforcing the road use toll. State budget revenues from the toll are forecast to be around €4.3 million euros this year.

The eurovignette fees are intended to support the maintenance and development of Latvia’s primary motorways and to foster the use of more environmentally-friendly vehicles amongst trucking fleets.

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