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Bulgaria's road tax revenue rises by 18 mln euro in 2019

Bulgaria's road tax revenue rises by 18 mln euro in 2019 Photo: Bulgaria's Road Infrastructure Agency/ All rights reserved.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 2 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria collected over 392 million levs ($224.3 million/200.4 million euro) from the sale of road tax vignette stickers last year, an increase of about 35 million levs compared to 2018, the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) said on Thursday. 

Revenues from the sale of vignette stickers for vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes amounted to 122 million levs in 2019, while lighter vehicles contributed revenues of 270 million levs, the government agency said in a statement. 

A total of 8.23 million vignette stickers were sold last year, including about 6 million for light vehicles

In 2018, Bulgaria's regional development ministry signed a 150 million levs contract with a consortium led by Austria's Kapsch Group to develop and introduce an electronic road-toll collection system. Revenue from the electronic road-toll collection system is projected at 1.0 billion levs in the first year after the introduction of the system, RIA said at the time. 

The system, which will only cover vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes, is currently operating in a test mode and must be introduced by March 1.

(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)