Road Toll Rates May Have to Go Up - Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister

Business | August 5, 2015, Wednesday // 09:59|  views

Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, photo by BGNES

Citing analyses of the World Bank, Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova has suggested that Bulgaria needs to substantially increase investments in roads and to increase road tolls.

In a Wednesday interview for Nova TV, she said that the price of road toll vignette stickers had not gone up over the past 5 years, adding that the revenue generated by them was barely enough for the regular maintenance and repair of roads.
Pavlova made clear that an increase in toll rates could be necessary.

She suggested that the road toll system was likely to take effect in 2018.

Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister underscored that only freight vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes would have to pay tolls through the system, while road toll vignette stickers for cars would become electronic.

Pavlova said that the Sofia-Kulata motorway was expected to be completed by 2023, the deadline for its completion, adding that there was also a chance to have it built by 2020.

She made clear that two contracts with contractors had so far been signed for the motorway, with the designer scheduled to complete the project by the end of the year.

Pavlova noted that the contractor had to be selected by 2017 at the latest, at which point the construction works had to begin.

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Tags: vignette stickers, toll road system, road maintenance, road repairs, Regional Development Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, sofia-kulata motorway


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