Bulgaria intends to increase road toll charges for heavy vehicles by 50%, according to the country’s interim regional development minister Ivan Shishkov.
Bulgaria could collect some BGN600m Lev (€306.8m) per year if the price increase is implemented and potential discounts for hauliers are factored in, Shishkov said in a statement on Thursday 24 March.
SeeNews reported that it is envisaged that the toll charge will be determined by the distance in kilometres travelled by the hauliers.
There would reportedly be a reduction in charges for distances above a certain mileage – around 4,000-5,000km per month.
Heavy road traffic across Bulgaria increased by over 35% in 2022, Shishkov said. Bulgaria collected BGN271m Lev (€138.5m) in toll tax revenue last year, he added.
As much as BGN581m Lev (€297m) was collected in total from vignettes and toll tax last year on Bulgaria’s 20,000km toll road network, according to information published by the Road Infrastructure Agency earlier this year.
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