After 10 years, Poland replaced its microwave-based toll system with the satellite-based “e-Toll” system
20 December 2021
Poland’s Ministry of Finance launched the new satellite-based e-Toll system on June 24th, 2021. The migration period from the microwave-based ViaTOLL system to the e-Toll system was completed on September 30th, 2021. Since then, all trucks above 3.5 tons and buses with more than 9 seats (including the driver) need to exchange their old microwave tags with GNSS-based devices. There are three options that tolled vehicles can choose from to be compliant to the satellite-based tolling scheme:
- GPS-tracking devices, which are part of the so-called External Localization System (ELS), made available by authorized ELS operators
- GNSS-based On Board Units (OBUs) from one of the authorized OBU operators
- A smartphone or tablet that uses the e-TOLL PL app
The European Electronic Toll Collection Service (EETS) will also be accepted in the new tolling system in Poland. Although EETS is not yet available, the accreditation process of the first EETS Providers is now underway.
The tolled road network consists of approximately 3,700 km. A map of Poland’s highway network is provided below.
Map of the highway network in Poland from July 2021
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