Electronic vignettes come into force in Lithuania

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2018 01 31

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In order to create more favourable conditions for carriers, electronic vignettes have been legalised in Lithuania at the order of the Minister of Transport and Communications. From now on both paper and electronic vignettes can be used.

“The changes in the road users’ charge system were inevitable. The rapid development of digital technologies made us search for other payment methods. The solution of an electronic vignette, a possibility to pay a road user’s charge simply by a mobile phone, will help carriers to plan their activities more conveniently and effectively and to save time,” the Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis states.

After an electronic vignette is purchased, the fact of a road user’s charge payment will be confirmed by an electronic entry in the State Road Traffic Information System. The electronic entry will store information about the purchase and validity period of a vignette as well as the category and state registration number of a vehicle for which the vignette has been issued.

The price and validity period of an electronic vignette will be the same as of paper vignettes.

Paper vignettes will further be distributed in regular vignette distribution sites, and it will be possible to order electronic vignettes on special websites and in the regular distribution places of paper vignettes.

The electronic road charge system will enable drivers to establish the beginning of the charge validity period themselves, drivers will no longer have to go to gas stations or other places selling vignettes. Also, stickers on a vehicle windscreen will no longer be used – vehicles will be controlled by scanning their state numbers.

The form, validity and usage of the regular paper vignettes will remain the same.