One of the most significant changes that will take place in the transport sector in the coming years is digitalization and the introduction of a single transponder, because, in addition to making it easier to use all the main roads in the country, drivers will be charged proportional fees in a fairer and more affordable way.
The new system will operate in a dual mode: a device will be installed in commercial vehicles that will allow them to track and record their position and course using satellite communications. At the same time, private cars will be monitored by cameras. In addition, their license plates when entering and exiting the road network will be recognized automatically.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, if the license plate cannot be recognized, the system will automatically contact the traffic service to intervene and identify the vehicle. With the introduction of the new system, drivers will pay with a special card or application on their mobile phones when leaving the highway.
For the new system, two control centers will be created, in Athens and Thessaloniki, and control and monitoring gates will be installed at the entrances and exits of motorways, ports and airports. According to the plan, the existing frontal road toll collection points (diodes) will be converted into control rooms.
By mid-2023, the widespread introduction of an electronic toll system is expected.