Maritime, one of the UK’s largest intermodal logistics operators, has become the first business to trial M6toll’s new ANPR-based tolling system.
The Felixstowe-based company’s trucks are the first vehicles to pay for their journeys on the M6toll via the new system.
Following Maritime’s trial, a number of other logistics operators will join the pilot project over the coming weeks and months.
ANPR cameras will identify license plate data, removing the need for card payments at the toll plazas and replacing them with a remote payment system.
Paul Heyhoe, fleet director at Maritime, said: “We are delighted to be the first business to trial the new ANPR-based M6 tolling system.
“The M6toll already provides an invaluable route through the Midlands by avoiding congestion on local routes and the addition of this new technology will help to further enhance that journey experience.
“With the new ANPR cameras offering a centralised user system, it means our fleet is ready to roll as soon as they leave the depots.
“For our drivers, it will provide a hassle-free experience end to end on the M6toll, with no stopping at the plazas so further efficiencies delivered during their journeys.”
The new ANPR system is designed to enable seamless end-to-end journeys and means customers can manage all transactions via the M6toll website, whether for a single vehicle or larger fleets spread across a number of depots.
As previously reported by CiTTi, the ANPR cameras are part of M6toll owner Midland Expressway’s plan for a multimillion-pound investment to upgrade the existing tolling infrastructure.
This includes a new customer relationship management system and e-commerce systems, implemented as part of a wider ‘Road Ahead’ digital transformation programme to improving congestion and connectivity, nationally and across the West Midlands.