Portugal Tolls: Foreign registered cars can subscribe online to pay tolls

Portugal Tolls: Foreign registered cars can subscribe online to pay tolls

The Easytoll system, developed in 2012, allows drivers of foreign registered vehicles traveling on Portuguese motorways to use the electronic toll collection systems, known as pilots. Adhesion to the toll payment system for foreign registered vehicles is now available online in Portugal and is valid for 30 days.

The payment of tolls on motorway drivers has been a problem for those who travel to Portugal by car, namely Spanish visitors and also immigrants, who have to wait in long lines at the borders to use the systems, or are faced with fines several months later. the passage through Portugal.

The subscription for the new service must be made through the Portugal Tolls portal, developed by Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP). For the Portuguese government, this solution "simplifies the service provided to visitors, by land, from the country", by allowing the subscription to Easytoll to be made online, including through mobile devices.

In a statement, the secretary of state for tourism Rita Marques considers this to be an "important measure", given the problems of the system. "There has long been a search for a better solution to the problem of tolls for vehicles with foreign registration, since the current toll payment system suffers from constraints that affect not only the efficiency of toll collection, but also the image of the country. with those who visit us ", he explains.

IP State Secretary Jorge Gelado guarantees that "putting new technologies and the new digital world at the service of people is a constant objective" of the organization. Showing confidence, he says that IP "believes a lot in the success of this measure", since from now on the driver no longer needs to go to a physical service at a time prior to his circulation on the highway.

Developed in 2012, the Easytoll system is a valid automatic payment solution for vehicles with foreign registration on highways with exclusively electronic toll collection systems. This means that it is not necessary to go through toll booths at entrances and exits, being associated with a vehicle registration card. In 2019, there were about 450 thousand adhesions to Easytoll.