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HU-GO – Hungary

HU-GO, the toll payment system covering motorways ad expressways in Hungary, was introduced in 2013 to replace the previously functioning vignette system. Tolls are collected on approx. 6,500 kilometres of roads.

Previously purchased and unexpired vignettes are still valid for coaches and cars of the weight below 3.5 tonnes with 9 seats.

How does the system work?

HU-GO system uses the GPS satellite technology.

Drivers are required to install an on-board unit in their vehicles. The OBU collects information about the vehicle’s route and transfer it to the monitoring company.

Please note: unlike in many other countries, in Hungary the on-board unit cannot be rented against the payment of a security deposit. The device must be purchased from authorised distributors.

The available OBU installation options:

  • built-in (purchased from a selected intermediary, installed by an authorised specialist),
  • independently installed (in any vehicle, installation takes 10 minutes and does not require any specialist technical knowledge, the device is powered from a 12V socket/cigarette lighter)

An on-board unit will not be required, if a driver wants to pay tolls solely with the use of toll tickets.

Which vehicles have to pay toll charges?

The toll payment is mandatory for vehicles with a maximum authorised gross weight of over 3.5 tonnes. Coaches and buses are toll-exempted.

Also, tolls are not collected from vehicles of the following institutions:

  • Hungarian Armed Forces, law enforcement authorities and NATO,
  • authorities responsible for administration of public highways,
  • authorities responsible for collection and enforcement of road tolls,
  • emergency services,
  • Road Transport Authority
  • other institutions authorised to use identifying designations

Which roads are toll roads?

A list and map of toll roads in Hungary can be found here.

Vehicle classification

Toll rates depend on:

  • road category (expressway or a trunk road),
  • distance travelled,
  • vehicle category (J2, J3, J4),
  • environmental classification (emission class) of a vehicle.

To find out more about the HU-GO system, use this link.

Who enforces payments and how?

The toll enforcement system comprises of a network of fixed road gantries and a fleet of 100 inspection vehicles. Additionally, all data are recorded in real time on an on-board unit. A haulier is obliged to provide these data at the request of authorised services.

Fines for toll offences are imposed by the police. There are two modes of imposing a fine:

  • fine for a vehicle’s driver, imposed during a road check, or
  • fine for a vehicle’s registered owner or user, imposed after inspection of the vehicle which does not involve stopping the vehicle.

Toll payments are also checked and enforced at border control stations. Fines imposed without stopping a vehicle may be charged long after the offence has been committed, or at the time of the vehicle’s next entry to Hungary.

How to pay?

HU-GO offers two toll payment options:

  • purchases of tickets for individual sections of toll roads, without any prior registration, or
  • the pre-paid method available only upon registration.

Registration

Both ticket buyers and pre-paid users may register in the HU-GO system. Registration may be completed:

  • at contact points,
  • at special kiosks located in distribution points, or
  • online – here.

Benefits from registration:

  • an easier, faster and more convenient way of paying road tolls,
  • easier purchases of tickets for a pre-determined route,
  • toll tickets are returnable,
  • only registered users have access to a list of travelled routes recorded by OBUs,
  • only registered users can submit travel reports via OBUs,
  • pre-paid balance may be re-assigned and used to pay tolls for several vehicles,
  • a single user may register and manage a number of vehicles at once,
  • there are different toll payment methods available.

Tickets – payments without registration

In the HU-GO system, a driver can pay a ticket for a particular road section only. Ticket payments can be made:

  • in person, at contact or distribution points (in cash, by credit or fuel card), or
  • online, by credit card, on the operator’s website.

When purchasing a toll ticket, a driver should give the following information:

  • planned route (one-way, or a round trip, as applicable),
  • type of vehicle,
  • exhaust emission class,
  • number of axles,
  • travel date(s),
  • designation of the vehicle’s country, which appears on its registration plate.

After the purchase is made at a cash desk of a sales point, the ticket is printed and a travel date is officially registered. A ticket may be booked 30 days in advance. It is valid for 48 hours from the registered travel date.

Pre-paid mode – post-registration payments

A drivers who wishes to use the pre-paid payment method needs to start from registering the vehicle in the HU-GO system. A dedicated account is created during registration, which must be credited with a relevant sum.

Payments to the account can be made in each of the following ways:

  • at contact or distribution points (in cash, by credit or fuel card),
  • online, by credit card, or
  • by a bank transfer.

To check the balance of the account, users may:

  • log to an online account,
  • call the English and German hotline at +36 36 587 500,open from 8 am to 4 pm,
  • visit a contact or distribution point.

Balance of the account can be managed also with an on-board unit. Hauliers are notified upon reaching the 50-kilometre limit or consuming the balance of the account.

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