A German satellite tolling system aimed at trucks has taken
in $1.7 billion in its first six months of operation, according to The
The system, which uses a GPS tracking system to monitor
trucks as they move along toll roads, charges drivers an average of 26-cents
per mile. The billing information is transmitted automatically via mobile phone
The trucks are tracked via on-board computers installed in
The system is currently in use on the autobahn, but the
government plans to expand it to several parallel arteries to prevent truckers
from using those roads to avoid tolls.
A similar system was unveiled in Great Britain earlier this
year that could track all of the nation’s 24 million vehicles. That project is
undergoing a pilot program and a nationwide system is expected within a couple
The developers of the German system say it could be used in
Great Britain. The Czech Republic is setting up a similar system and other
countries, including the United States, have expressed an interest.