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Eurovignette – Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark

Eurovignette is the name of a common electronic road toll collection system operating in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden. To travel through any of the above countries, driver needs to purchase only a single, universal Eurovignette.

How does the system work?

The Eurovignette system does not require its users to install an on-board unit. Charges for travelling on toll roads may be paid:

  • online, without registration or contract – here,
  • at fuel stations, after a vehicle enters an Eurovignette country,
  • at border check points,
  • at more than 500 dedicated points of sale operated by AGES, the Eurovignette system operator.

Toll payments can be made:

  • by a fuel or fleet card (e.g. a DKV Card), or
  • by credit card.

Upon purchasing an Eurovignette, the vehicle is registered in the system’s database for a certain period. Accordingly, the vehicle’s driver does not need to carry any receipts, windscreen stickers, or other transaction confirmation. There is an option of ordering (or printing, if the Eurovignette is purchased online) a receipt of payment. No additional invoices are issued.

The system records the following information:

  • vehicle registration number,
  • country of registration, exhaust emission class,
  • number of axles,
  • travelled period.

Upon making the purchase, a Eurovignette user can choose a desired validity period expressed in days, weeks or months.

Hauliers may use a calculator to estimate the amount of Eurovignette toll.

In the case of any doubts, drivers may call the Eurovignette hotline:

 +49 18 05 014 653.

Call cost:

  • EUR 0.14 for each commenced minute – for callers using a Deutsche Telekom land line,

  • according to the price list of a local operator – for international callers.

The hotline is open on working days from 9 am to 5 pm.

Which vehicles have to pay toll charges?

In these countries, toll charges are collected from all vehicles with the weight of 12 tonnes (except for buses) that travel on motorways and expressways.

Vehicle classification

Rates depend on:

  • Eurovignette validity period (daily, weekly, monthly, annually),
  • number of axles,
  • exhaust emission class of a given vehicle.

Detailed information on the tariffs for particular types of vehicles may be found here.

Who enforces payments and how?

Control procedures involve the verification of a vehicle vignette’s validity with the use of cameras installed at check points.  The Eurovignette numberplate recognition system automatically scans all vehicles driving through control points. A similar function is performed by mobile enforcement units which are able to verify plate numbers of moving vehicles thanks to a remote access to the central database. If a violation is discovered, a unit imposes a fine.

The system is so effective and versatile that in most of the cases, checks and fines are imposed without a need of stopping the subject vehicle. A significant exemption from this rule is the unauthorised travel of vehicles with foreign license plates. A mobile enforcement unit will stop such a vehicle on site and ask the driver to pay the fine immediately.

Registration

To obtain a detailed manual of online Eurovignettes purchases, visit  this site.

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