Toll payment is very simple:
- In the prepaid system - before you enter a tolled road, or
- In the postpaid system - after you have used a tolled road, if you have signed a postpaid contract
Permitted for use:
- Benzina (with a magnetic strip only, chip cards not accepted)
- CCS Toll (the Toll edition only, standard CCS cards not accepted)
- DinersClub Road Account
- Esso (NOT for postpaid contracts in contact points)
- EuroToll (Logpay, Pan-Euro, ReD)
- MOL (Slovnaft, EP, Tifon)
- Multiservice (SmartToll, SD)
- Routex (ENI, Multicard, OMV, Statoil)
- Routex (Aral, BP) (internationally valid cards only)
- Total Eurotraffic
- UTA (Full, Mercedes, Omniplus)
- ... detailed options for using fleet cards (373 PDF)
The acceptation of fleetcards LOMO is ceased since 31.7.2008 18:30 CET.
- Diners, EC/MC, Maestro, VISA, and VISA Electron
Determining the amount of the toll
For orientation purposes, an estimation of the toll for a specific route can be determined by using the toll calculator or calling the client service line and indicating the starting and end points of the route. When travelling over several different tolled road sections, the final toll amount is calculated by adding up all of these sections.
In the prepaid system, tolls are paid by charging a premid onboard unit with credit before driving onto a tolled road. This can be done in cash, or by using permitted payment cards (permitted bank and fleet cards). When the toll credit falls below CZK 600, the unit will emit an acoustic signal to the driver when travelling through a toll gate, indicating that the premid should be recharged with credit. Upon request, users can receive a statement of their toll transactions.
In addition to other advantages, the postpaid system does not require premids to be recharged with toll credit constantly before or during a journey.
The postpaid method, however, requires the signing of a contract between the vehicle operator and the electronic tolling system operator. This contract can only be closed at premid point contact centres. The vehicle operator is charged for toll transactions retroactively, and a pre-agreed and admissible means of payment, which is specified in the contract, is used.
Upon request, the vehicle operator will receive a regular statement of their toll transactions, and/or other services as agreed upon in the contract.
The postpaid method is the most suitable means of paying tolls. The driver of a vehicle that is subject to tolling does not have to monitor how much toll credit remains in their onboard unit and the vehicle operator does not have to worry about providing their drivers with enough cash, or other means of payment, to ensure that there is enough credit in their premids.
As compared with the prepaid method, the postpaid method offers multiple benefits and a great deal of convenience to vehicle operators.
Postpaid secured by bank guarantee
One of the major benefits of the postpaid method secured by a bank guarantee is the offer of the electronic tolling system operator (the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic) to include deposits for onboard units in a bank guarantee. The vehicle operator, as opposed to all other payment methods, includes a deposit in the amount of CZK 1,550 in the total amount of the bank guarantee. Therefore, the vehicle operator does not have to credit this amount to the account of the system operator until the onboard units are returned in their original condition. From an accounting perspective, this represents a major relief in terms of the vehicle operator’s cash flow.
The biggest advantage of the postpaid method secured by a bank guarantee is the possibility to defer the maturity of toll liabilities by up to 90 days. The system operator offers vehicle operators that opt for the postpaid method secured by a bank guarantee an accounting period of 15 or 30 days and a maturity period of 15, 30, or 60 days, i.e., six options for liability settlement.
Postpaid using fleet cards
As an alternative to the postpaid method secured by a bank guarantee, the system operator also offers the possibility of registering in the postpaid system with fleet cards.
In such a case, the receivables of the system operator are secured by fleet card issuers and there is no need for further administrative processes, with the exception of authorisation of fleet cards at a contact centre of the electronic tolling system, or directly at the offices of the card issuer.
The system operator has been authorising individual fleet card issuers so that their cards may be used in the electronic tolling system. A regularly updated list of accepted fleet cards for individual payment options is available at this portal; this list can also be acquired from the client centre by calling 800 6986 29.
Registration in the electronic tolling system for the postpaid method using fleet cards can be done at any of the electronic tolling system’s 15 contact points, or directly through the fleet card issuers.
As opposed to the postpaid method with a bank guarantee, the system operator does not provide fleet cardholders the option of deferring payment, and a deposit for each onboard unit issued must be paid upon authorisation of the fleet card. Vehicle operators that opt for the postpaid method using fleet cards can choose either a 15- or 30-day accounting period.
Before you take any steps towards registering for the postpaid method using fleet cards, we suggest that you contact the electronic tolling system client centre, whose staff will be happy to explain every step of the registration process in order to make it as simple as possible.