The practice, which is widespread in many European countries, is considered an appropriate means of proportionality in toll payment.
The ministry is promoting the introduction of the vignette in the network of Greek highways Infrastructure and Transport through the bill submitted to Parliament for public procurement by the Ministry of ANEP.
The vignette which is very common in several European countries with Austria first, considered as an appropriate instrument for the principle of proportionality in payment tolls on the major axes of the country. How this system will work will be decided in a second phase, but the windshield sticker is the most common (will be reminiscent of the past toll sticker).
How it will work
When activated by decision of the ministry YPOME will determine:
-the service of issuing the Prepaid Diode Card for the use of the whole or part of the national road network, selected period of validity with a proportional charge and the other details of its issuance, and
-the type of Prepaid Diode Card, such as a sticker, mounted on the vehicle.
The vignette can be used either with a one-time payment per period (month-year) or with a mileage charge which can be linked to an account maintained by the user. The prepaid toll card is the first step in the implementation of analog tolls which is the next step for the Ministry of Infrastructure..
Next step for the ministry as stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costas Karamanlis, is conducting a tender for the installation of electronic tolls as the oldest attempted 2019 finally canceled.
It is also expected the issuance of a presidential decree that will set the penalties for violations of non-payment of tolls and the non-issuance of a Prepaid Diode Card, the institutions and the process of their enforcement and collection.
Until then, to drivers and owners of vehicles who violate the relevant provisions of the Ministerial Decree on exemptions from the prohibition on crossing the road network, will be imposed by the police in solidarity and in full on the driver and the owner of the vehicle an administrative fine of one thousand (1.000) euros and immobilization of these vehicles, as stated in the bill.
Disabled transit card for motorways
At the same time, a single highway crossing card for the disabled is being prepared. The transit policy (free or reduced fees) will be determined by the local concessionaire.
By decision of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, the supporting documents for the issuance of the single card are determined, which are submitted electronically.
The single card, after its issuance, sent by post to the beneficiaries by the Road Toll Service. The card contains a photo of A.me.A. as well as the registration number of the vehicle. The disabled person must ride in the vehicle during the crossing. The crossing is controlled and will not be automatic.