Special Report on Electronic Toll Collection --「Public Participation in Build and Operate Project for Electronic Toll Collection System on Freeways」
In order to let freeway users pay road tolls more efficiently and in a safer environment without stopping their vehicles and without using cash, this bureau is planning the「Public Participation in Build and Operate Project for Electronic Toll Collection System on Freeways」BOT promotion project for electronic payment of tolls on freeways. The aim is to increase capacity of tollstation, shorten the period needed to pay tolls, boost user convenience and safety and reduce air pollution.
For this project, on January 7, 2003, the MAA Group Consulting Engineers was openly selected as the general consultant on January 7, and on February 10, 2003 preparation and planning operations proceeded. On July 12, 2003, a public meeting was held to announce the bidding process, and by August 20, 2003, an announcement to invite bidders and a report on the planning results was published on the internet. After a three-month period for companies to file bids, bid submissions were closed on November 20, 2003, and seven companies including Acer Inc., the Far Eastern Group, Taiwan Yutong Data Technology Ltd. Co., Jianyuan Electronic Toll Collection Enterprise Group, Sutong Enterprise Group, Jiaotong Renwoxing Electronic Toll Collection Alliance, and Yilitong Electronic Toll Collection Co. became applicants to participate in bidding. On December 23 and 24 in the same year, the seven companies proceeded with filing reports and demonstrating system equipment. On December 24, 2003 after the selection process finished, it was officially announced that three companies had been qualified and were admitted to the final bidding process -- Acer Inc., the Far Eastern Group and Taiwan Yutong Data Technology Ltd. Co.,. On December 26, 2003, the three qualified companies were allowed to start some negotiations regarding the invitation documents and after 12 such meetings, on February 26, 2004 the review committee designated the Far Eastern Group as the most qualified applicant and Taiwan Yutong Data Technology Ltd. Co., as the second most qualified.
On March 2, 2004, the most qualified applicant proceeded with meetings regarding the start of the contract and from April 1 to April 5, 2004 system function test of the most qualified applicant were held in accordance with the project announcment. System function test proceeded on the Pinglin section of Freeway No. 5, and after the review committee reviewed the test results, it officially validated and passed the system function test of the most qualified applicant. On April 27, 2004, FETC(Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. Ltd.) completed the official signing of the contract. In May 2004, National Freeway Bureau was awarded the BOT contract by the Executive Yuan.
Since FETC(Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. Ltd.) signed the contract, based on the rules of the contract, frontend system construction was to start first on Freeway No. 3’s Houlong tollstation. During the six months after the signing of the contract the professional organization TUV passed and completed the independent testing and validation of the frontend system construction work for areas to make electronic payment of tolls. This bureau also on October 12, 2004 conducted the testing and validation of the frontend system capabilities and on November 29, 2004 passed the testing and validation of the FETC(Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. Ltd.) frontend system.
FETC(Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. Ltd.) on December 3, 2004 started construction work for the electronic toll collection system on all of the freeway tollstation. On February 10, 2006 at 2 pm the electronic system officially started collecting tolls on a per-time basis, officially ushering in the operational testing period for the build and operate project for electronic payment of tolls. Initially, tollstation lanes for toll station in both directions on Freeway No. 1 and Freeway No. 3 were opened to large and small vehicles for electronic payment of tolls. In the future, depending on the usage rate for electronic payment of tolls, lanes for electronic payment of tolls will be increased to satisfy the needs of more users. As of December 31, 2006, a total of 249, 543 vehicles including 24, 555 large vehicles and 224, 988 small vehicles were equipped with OBUs (On Board Units), and ETC had been used a total of 53.84 million times.
However, on August 3, 2006, the Supreme Administrative Court in decision No. 01239 disqualified FETC(Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. Ltd.) as the most qualified applicant. Based on the meaning of the Supreme Court decision, related operations for a second stage review of the ETC were vigorously undertaken. Currently a new group of ETC second stage review committee members have been appointed and a review committee has been formed to study the supplementary documentation for bidding companies, and eight meetings of the review committee have been held. After study of the supplementary documentation was completed, on December 5, 2006 the supplementary documentation was sent to qualified applicants. Negotiations started by the end of January 2007. The followup review operations will maintain the principles of fairness, impartiality and openness in proceedings with the qualified applicants. In ETC’s second stage review operations, a most qualified applicant has been on Apr 14, 2007 selected and that has signed of the contract on August 22, 2007.
After operation of the electronic toll collection system starts, freeway users can pay tolls without stopping their vehicles and without using cash in an excellent toll collection environment. This will raise the overall quality of service and moreover, in keeping with future IT development of the freeways, the electronic toll collection system will be integrated into the Electronic Toll & Transportation Management (ETTM) system for electronic payment of tolls and the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).
Date of Posting :2007-12-05
Source of Information:Toll&Service Div.