Covid-19: AETIS members are ready to participate in a collective effort to support road transport companies

Statement unanimously and fully supported by all AETIS members and associated members

25 March 2020

Dear all,

We are writing to you on behalf of AETIS, the Brussels-based association representing European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) Providers. Our members enable road users – generally transport companies – to pay electronic tolls throughout the EU with one subscription contract, thus limiting cash transactions at toll stations or other points of sale, eliminating cumbersome procedures, increasing safety, and improving traffic flow. In parallel, we also collect tolls from road users on behalf of the toll chargers and guarantee the toll to the toll chargers, who can then focus on road and traffic management.

As key contributors to the road transport, logistics and freight ecosystem, AETIS members are experiencing first-hand the impact Covid-19 has on road transport companies. For this reason, we applaud and support the European Commission and national governments’ swift initial responses to help this strategic sector for the whole EU economy (road accounts for 75% of freight transport according to the EC Communication on “Green Lanes”) cope with this unprecedented crisis.

AETIS members also actively support road transport companies – our customers and partners – during these challenging times. However, this effort, and the related economic risks, have to be shared amongst all the partners of the road transport ecosystem. Only collectively will we be able to overcome this crisis.

Consequently, as a temporary solution to allow road transport companies to increase their chances of sustaining their operations during this crisis, and in addition to interest-free loans provided by national governments and EU institutions, AETIS would support the idea that all suppliers and partners on the cost side consider granting extended terms of payment throughout the whole chain. Such goodwill coalition would include inter alia oil companies, toll chargers and all involved service providers, including of course AETIS members.

Granting extended terms of payment will increase the risks for all parties involved in this coalition as open payments will raise and affect their own cashflow. However, if the efforts and risks are shared, with caution and proportion, across the entire chain of the road transport, logistics and freight ecosystem, most industry players will survive this crisis.

On the other hand, AETIS does not support the calls to simply annul some costs for road transport companies. As the whole road transport ecosystem is based on a balanced cost-and-payment structure, such a solution would lead the end customers of road transport companies to request a pricing recalculation and in the end not change the overall cashflow situation of the latter. Furthermore, amending the cost-and-payment balance of this industry would jeopardize the mere survival of its partners in the ecosystem; e.g. toll chargers, concessionaires, toll service providers, payment service providers and so on.

Finally, once we will have collectively overcome this unprecedented crisis, AETIS believes it will be time to further foster the genuine implementation of EETS in the EU Member States to secure the smooth transport of goods across Europe while reducing the impact of road transport on the environment.

We stay at your disposal to provide further information and look forward to working with you to develop targeted measures to minimize the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the road transport, logistics and freight ecosystem.

 

Sincerely, 

Ewa Conewa (Tzoneva)

Anne Grünkorn

AETIS Chair

AETIS Secretary General

 

About AETIS:

AETIS was founded as a non-profit making association with, as their main goal, to represent its members as a stakeholder group with regard to the definition of the EETS Provider role as provided for within the Directive 2004/52/EC and the EU Decision 2009/750/EC and any further EU legislation. Our mission statement is to promote and to represent our members’ interest in respect to the EETS Provider role as well as to examine, encourage initiatives, decisions and implementations in the field of EETS provision, which can be useful to the members of AETIS.

www.aetis-europe.eu

Members: Axxès, DKV, euroShell, Eurotoll, Eurowag, LogPay, MSTS, OMV, RESSA, Telepass, Total, Trafineo and UTA.

Associated members: Egis Easytrip and Via Verde.

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Considering the continues growth of the international transport traffic and the arising need of interoperability of tolling services on the entire European Union road network, the European Commission of transport and mobility has defined, in the context of the Directive 2004/52/EC and the related Commission Decision 2009/750/EC, the conditions of a European Electronic Toll Service (hereafter EETS) as well as the three main stakeholder's roles:

  • Toll Chargers in charge of collecting tolls as taxes or concession fees or duties
  • Service Users which are using tolled infrastructures and liable for tolls
  • EETS Providers which are ensuring interoperability to pay tolls within the European network, by providing a single On-Board Equipment and a single contract to the user.

Toll Chargers and Service Users roles already exist and have their own representations (ASECAP, IRU) with regard to the European Commission. The role of EETS Providers is new and therefore parties interested in providing that role in the future will need to found their own representation group.

This resulted in 9 European companies, specialized in the payment of tolling (card and OBU issuing) & fuelling in the European region (the founding members), acting on the idea of creating, as potential EETS Providers, a non-profit-making Association with the goal of representing its members as a stakeholder group with regard to the definition of the EETS Provider role as stipulated within the EU legal framework: AETIS - Association of Electronic Toll and Interoperable Services.

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Total Marketing Services LogPay Financial Services GmbH RESSA (Red Espanola de Servicios S.A.) euroShell Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG DKV EURO SERVICE GmbH + Co.KG TRAFINEO GmbH Axxès SAS eurotoll OMV UNION TANK Eckstein GmbH & Co.KG (UTA) Telepass S.p.A. W.A.G. payment solutions, a.s. Multi Service Technology Solutions, Inc. Egis Easytrip Services S.A. Via Verde Portugal, Sistemas Electrónicos de Cobrança, S.A.
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