First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Tolling specialists Kapsch TrafficCom
and Axxès will form a joint venture called MoKA to launch solution for European electronic toll collection services (EETS).
Kapsch says EETS helps to simplify toll processing for commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. It also allows truck drivers to travel internationally via a single contract with an EETS provider and on-board unit (OBU).
Companies must be accredited in their home country to achieve this service. Once approved, an EETS provider must be certified by the various toll collectors who operate an EETS-enabled system.
Tolltickets, a Kapsch subsidiary, and Axxès will handle business relations to customers. Both companies will operate independently as competitors and have their own commercial back office.
Kapsch will provide EETS-certified OBUs to customers of Axxès and Tolltickets. Axxès is responsible for the global navigation satellite system charging engine.
In October, Kapsch formed a partnership with oil and gas company OMV to deploy a cashless tolling solution based on EETS for trucks in Austria and Hungary.
The toll box, designed by Kapsch, is expected to extend the OMV card’s capabilities by allowing users to pay for tolls without having to deal with local toll systems or different toll boxes.
Benedikt Hans, head of card at OMV, says the solution will aid the European Commission’s ambition to harmonise toll systems in Europe.
OMV is managing the billing of cashless payments while Tolltickets is handling the settlement process.
The solution is anticipated to be available in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium in the near future.