World Bank to support new national e-tolling system in Bulgaria
A contract for the provision of Reimbursable Advisory Services was signed by Dipl. Eng. Doncho Atanasov, Chair of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency of Bulgaria, and Tony Thompson, World Bank Country Manager for Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Under the contract, the World Bank will provide support for monitoring and quality assurance, expert and technical assistance, toll network and rate analysis and calculation, and technical communication support.
A team of World Bank experts will also promote a transfer of knowledge and will assist Bulgaria in meeting EU directives on tolling.
The new engagement is a continuation of previous involvement, in which the World Bank has provided options for adopting a national tolling framework for Bulgaria.
The model recommended by the World Bank incudes the introduction of e-tolling for heavy vehicles using on-board unit registering data that is based on the Global Navigation Satellite System, and e-vignette for light vehicles.
In January of this year, Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency signed a contract with a consortium led by Austria’s Kapsch TrafficCom to build a road toll system that is expected to triple annual revenues for the agency and boost the amount of funding available for road repairs. ■