EETS is an acronym that stands for Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) systems in Europe. It refers to a pan-European interoperable system that enables motorists to pay tolls electronically across different countries and road networks using a single onboard unit (OBU) or electronic tag.
EETS aims to simplify and streamline the payment process for toll roads, bridges, tunnels, and congestion zones, promoting seamless travel across European countries. With EETS, drivers no longer need to stop at toll booths, reducing congestion and travel times.
The system works by equipping vehicles with an OBU that communicates wirelessly with toll gantries or other toll infrastructure. This OBU stores the necessary information and financial data to pay tolls automatically. EETS ensures that the collected tolls are accurately processed and distributed to the respective authorities responsible for the particular roadway.
EETS offers several advantages, including increased convenience, improved traffic flow, and reduced environmental impact by minimizing emissions through smoother traffic operations. It enables drivers to travel effortlessly without carrying different tags or devices for each country.
To implement EETS, collaboration and cooperation among European countries and toll operators are necessary. Harmonization of technical and administrative aspects is crucial to ensure interoperability and the efficient operation of the system. The European Union plays a significant role in facilitating the development and implementation of EETS through regulations and standards.