53 million euros were collected from tolls last year
At the toll stations in the country last year, there was turnover in the amount of 3.274.387.335 denars (53.242.070 euros), the Public Enterprise for State Roads (JPD) informs about MIA. Last year's revenues are 6,6 million euros more than those in 2021, when they amounted to 46,4 million euros.
On the new toll roads, launched on July 18 last year, Preod and Kadrifakovo on the road direction Miladinovci - Sveti Nikole - Shtip, the collection amounts to 85.599.333 denars, that is, 72.861.770 denars.
The "most profitable" is the Romanovce toll road, where, according to the data of the Public Enterprise for State Roads, the turnover is 400.174.788,00 denars. 266.361.767 denars have been collected from the toll collection of Miladinovci, Glumovo 258.299.622, Gradsko 248.125.247 denars, Želino 244.476.653 denars, Gevgelija 236.866.875 denars, Petrovec 205.967.358 denars, Tetovo 201.158.821 denars. .195.984.192 denars, Otovica 188.054.352 denars, Demir Kapija 172.813.622 denars and Gostivar 164.536.337 denars.
When comparing the turnover of the toll stations, the price of tolls by category should also be taken into account, as well as the fact that Sopot and Otovica are the only ones that have toll booths in one direction only, and that Preod and Kadrifakovo were opened in July last year.
Turnover achieved from the electronic collection of tolls through the sale of electronic devices and their additions in the AMC Center, on the other hand, amounts to 333.106.598 denars.
Since the beginning of the introduction of electronic toll collection, from July 2019 until March 1 of this year, electronic collection has recorded a constant growth both in the sale of electronic devices and in their replenishment.
For the period 2019 until now, a total of 144.591 pieces of M-Smart cards and 17.412 M-Tag devices or a total of 162.003 electronic devices have been sold. For the indicated period, a total of 851.272 individual top-ups of electronic devices were made.
The JPDP says that the share of electronic collection is constantly increasing in the total turnover achieved from toll collection and already exceeds 30 percent of the total collection, in the section of toll booths where electronic collection works.
The most common way of paying tolls is still in cash with just over 55 percent of payments, electronic payment accounts for over 30 percent, and cashless payment using payment cards accounts for about 15 percent of payments.
In July 2019, an electronic collection system was introduced at the tolls on the part of Corridor 10 that passes through the country, and modernization is underway with the installation of such a system at the toll stations Miladinovci, Glumovo, Želino, Tetovo and Gostivar on Corridor 8. Contractor is "JV Aselsan-Zhikol" consortium. The value of the contract is 12.489.356 euros.
A procedure for technical and financial harmonization is underway to implement interoperability in electronic toll collection within the framework of the Open Balkans, after it was agreed at the Ohrid summit to establish a single electronic toll collection system (ENP) in Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania.
With that system, drivers will pay the toll electronically, with a unique TAG device. The new toll payment method should relieve the flow of vehicles at the toll plazas.
According to the announcements from the competent institutions, until the country joins the EU, full digitalization of tolls should be established, that is, the way in which the toll fee will be charged will be digitalized.
Taken from MIA.