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Automatic entry fee control system to be installed in Jurmala

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first automatic entry fee collection stations have been installed at Priedaine checkpoint. These are the first test models. The resort city’s authorities plan to introduce a fully-automated entry fee collection system in the next couple of years.

Entry fee collection and control is currently provided by municipal police at checkpoints inside and outside Jurmala.

As part of the pilot project, special installations have been set up in Priedaine in order to collect entry fees. Four companies – BISS, Komerccentrs DATI grupa, ITC Traffic and KleinTech Services – provide video surveillance and car registration plate recognition at checkpoints. The next stage of the pilot project will test the system’s capabilities to carry out automatic control of administration of entry fees.

Systems will be engaged in test mode next week.

The entry fee in Jurmala is EUR 2. This tariff is in force from 1 April to 30 September. During the autumn/winter season (1 October – 31 March), drivers on their way to Jurmala do not have to pay entry fee. Aside from private parking lots, all other parking locations in Jurmala remain free of charge all year round.

Entry permits can be acquired at traditional entry fee terminals. Terminals accept cash and payment cards. It is also possible to pay entry fee using text messages or a mobile app. Mobilly or SMS Riga also provide entry fee payment services.

The revenue Jurmala receives from entry fees is used to limit transit transport flow, development of tourism and the resort in general, environment protection, maintenance of cultural monuments and other city maintenance endeavours.

A total of 694,000 single-time entry permits were bought over the course of six months in 2014. 55,000 of them were bought using text messages or mobile application. In 2013, a total of 994,000 entry permits were bought over the course of nine months. 23,000 of those permits were bought using text messages.


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