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New road taxes in Poland?


Englishpoznan 4 | 102
4 Jul 2011 #1
Does anyone know anything about a new road tax being implemented from this week and currently there are over 20 kilometres of queues at Polish borders?
ukpolska
4 Jul 2011 #2
I maybe wrong but I think I read somewhere it is to do with transit traffic going through Poland isn't it?
OP Englishpoznan 4 | 102
4 Jul 2011 #3
Yeah I think that's exactly what it's to do with. I currently have a load of stuff being delayed because of this and I'm sure a nice extra sum on the shipping companies bill! Any idea how much this tax is or why they have done it?
ukpolska
4 Jul 2011 #4
I have no idea - sorry.

edit: Just found this which should help: viatoll.pl/en
BritinPoland 6 | 121
4 Jul 2011 #5
Is this compulsory road pricing and toll roads across Poland now with no alternative fast roads to use? Yet more costs... sigh...
ukpolska
4 Jul 2011 #6
Read the web link as this applies to transit traffic going through Poland not resident traffic, although undoubtedly there will be more tolls on the 'motorways'.
gumishu 11 | 5,681
4 Jul 2011 #7
new electronic system (Viatoll) of payment for driving certain roads makes it necessary for every vehicle heavier than 3.5 ton to have the system equipment on board (so called Viabox) - this electronic piece of equipment costs 120 PLN an so does the obligatory firts pay into the system which works a bit like pre-paid phones - there are electronic gates already installed at most location the system is to be in place

the most important thing for people who just drive their sedans is that when you haul a trailer (or a caravan) the weight of the vehicle is calculated by adding the weight of the trailer to the weight of the car - in many such cases you should have the Viatoll system on board (seems Poland is the only country with such a strange rule - there are other things about the system that raise outrage (like the scarcity of places where you can register for the system and where you can top-up your viabox)

here you can see which roads or road sections will have the system soon regiomoto.pl/portal/zdjecia/mapa-polskich-drog-i-autostrad-platnych-w-systemie-viatoll
delphiandomine 88 | 18,456
4 Jul 2011 #8
there are other things about the system that raise outrage

Just like in every other country with a similar system - it's a ******* joke.

The EU has really, really, really made a mess of this - there should have been *one* EU box for all countries, with the same system. The current setup, where you need to have a mass of boxes (put it this way - a journey from Warsaw to Vienna could potentially require FOUR boxes - wtf?) is just absolutely ridiculous.

Grr.
Harry
7 Jan 2012 #9
Merged:

Death and taxes on Polish roads



Roadside Crosses Taxed

Gdansk Municipal Council passed a tax on roadside crosses - a daily newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza" says.
Over the decades, more than 55 thousand drivers, passengers and pedestrians died on Polish roads.
Relatives of many of them erected the roadside memorial crosses. They are illegal, because in the road reserve only signs may be placed, and other objects need to have permission.
Gdansk Municipal Council just passed a law that allows crosses to be taxed. Daily rate of tax is PLN 1 per square meter of land the cross occupies. In exchange, the cross becomes legal. Already existing crosses will not be removed or taxed.

poland.pl/news/article,Roadside_Crosses_Taxed,id,465488.htm

Not sure how I feel about this.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
7 Jan 2012 #10
This will cost much more to administer and police than the revenue raised. A bit of lateral thinking would have been much better, e.g. allowing only a simple, biodegradable wooden cross.
Harry
7 Jan 2012 #11
A bit of lateral thinking would have been much better, e.g. allowing only a simple, biodegradable wooden cross.

Or possibly just making the prat who caused the accident stand there and hold a memorial for 12 hours per day for a month.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
7 Jan 2012 #12
it might be that the person who caused the accident is the victim.

also, i would simply limit the size and type of cross/memorial to a particular standard.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
7 Jan 2012 #13
it might be that the person who caused the accident is the victim.

I was thinking the same. If they did put the victim there it would certainly slow traffic down.


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