EETS (European Electronic Toll Service) simplifies payment of performance-related heavy vehicle charge (HVC) for vehicles registered abroad as of 2020.
The aim of the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) is to make it easier for EETS users to pay tolls for the use of the European road network subject to tolls in the member states of the European Union (EU) by signing one contract with one EETS provider, using one on board unit and getting one invoice.
In the Joint Committee on the Inland Transport Agreement with the EU, in 2010, the Confederation informed the European Commission that levying of the performance-related heavy vehicle charge (HVC) will be made possible via the EETS in the case of vehicles not registered in Switzerland.
With the adaptation of the Heavy Vehicle Charge Ordinance (HVCO) of 6 March 2000, the provisions for the EETS were incorporated into the HVCO on 1 May 2018. The resulting Ordinance of the Federal Department of Finance on the EETS (FDF EETS and Fuel Card Providers Ordinance) with the technical and operational requirements for the EETS providers entered into force on 1 March 2020.
Compliance with these requirements and passing a multi stage approval procedure form the basis for concluding an approval contract and obtaining an approval decision as an EETS provider in the HVC area.
The EETS provider starts the approval procedure by sending the application for approval with the documents proving the fulfilment of the approval requirements to the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security FOCBS.