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Preferences for Belarusian toll road system contractor

MINSK, 2 March (BelTA) – Belarus will provide preferences to the Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom that create the national digital system for collecting road toll in Belarus. The preferences are granted by Council of Ministers resolution No. 188 of 29 February 2012, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA.

In line with the resolution the Austrian company will fulfill a project involving the design and operation of the system for digital collection of road toll from multiple lanes of traffic. Road toll will be collected for vehicles travelling along premium quality motorways of Belarus.

Kapsch TrafficCom will be exempted from customs fees on importing the technological equipment (components and spare parts) required to implement the project.

The Transport and Communications Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the Tax Ministry have been instructed to take measures to implement the resolution, in particular, confirmation and implementation of the right to use the preferences set by the investment contract.

BelTA reported earlier that all the motorways that connect Minsk with oblast capitals will become toll roads. The investment contract provides for deploying the road toll collection system on a network of motorways with the total length of 2,700km. The contract costs €267 million, including €158 million to be spent within the first two years of the project implementation. The startup complex is supposed to go online on 1 July 2013. Cars and vehicles with the aggregate weight of over 3,500 tonnes will have to pay road toll except for Customs Union cars. The system will not require speed limitations, traffic lane limitations and will not impede traffic flow. Compact onboard devices will be installed to pay road toll.