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E-toll collection system to be introduced on federalized road network.

ISLAMABAD -- National Highway Authority would introduce e-toll system on its toll plazas to streamline toll collection system on federalized road network.

An official source informed Friday so far, e-toll system has been installed on seven toll plazas, which are linked with the Operations Centre established at NHA Headquarters to monitor traffic and toll revenue collection round the clock.

He said out of 102 toll plazas, 71 plazas are located on National Highways while 32 are situated on Motorways, he said. Giving province-wise details he said that in the Punjab province there are 58 toll plazas operational out of which 33 are on national highways while 25 are on Motorways.

In Sindh province 18 toll plazas are operational on the highways. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa there are 14 toll plazas working seven each on highways and motorways, he added.

He further said that in Balochistan highways 12 toll plazas are operational.

The new e-toll system would save time, spare motorists and transporters from standing in long queues for obtaining entry cards and payment of toll and would enable vehicles pass through toll plazas without stopping at the time of entry and exit on the motorways.

It is worth to mention that collection of toll on Motorways started in Nov 1997, when Islamabad-Lahore Motorway was opened for traffic. In July 1999, the Federal Government directed to transfer the rights to collect tolls on National Highways to NHA. For National Highways the toll collection commenced in 1999.

Tolling policy was approved by National Highway Council (NHC) in 2011 whereby a toll plaza can be established after every 35 to 60 km on National Highways.

He said that toll revenue collected from road users is utilised for maintenance and road safety of National Highways and Motorways.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 25, 2015
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