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Toll Collect


The German firm pioneering a satellite-based road user charging system has admitted 'insoluble' problems a week after the German government cancelled its contract. Toll Collect was due to have started charging trucks for using German roads on 1 December last year but a spokesman said it had been impossible to iron out interface problems in the complex communications system linking in-vehicle transmitters, satellites, mobile phone networks and the control centre. Capital investment to date has been £47M, and Toll Collect has been paying the government £1.17M a week since 1 December in penalties.

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