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Ministry negotiates with failed tender participants on e-toll

Hungary's National Development Ministry has started negotiations with several parties with the aim of at least partially completing an electronic toll system for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from July, daily Népszava said on Thursday, without naming its sources. 

The paper said the ministry wants to divide the job of building the system among participants in a failed tender in January. Dutch information and communications technology company Getronics won the tender to build the e-toll system but announced its withdrawal citing pressure from a competitor.
Getronics beat T-Systems Magyarország in the e-toll tender. T-Systems was reported to have bid HUF 53 billion, more than the HUF 42 billion allocated for the project by the government. The e-toll system must start operating by July 1, 2013, under a government mandate. The central budget targets HUF 75 billion in revenue from the system in the second half of the year. Népszava said T-Systems and Kapsch - also reported to have bid in the tender - are among the parties negotiating on the project with the ministry. The size of tolls in the new system will be determined by distance travelled. The system at present uses vignettes valid for time increments. National Economy Minister György Matolcsy said in a written response to a question by an opposition MP on Wednesday that any delay in the implementation of the e-toll system would not result in a revenue shortfall. Any decline in revenue because of a delay would be offset by possible savings on the cost of building the system as well as by sales of vignettes in the second half of the year, he explained.