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Old June 28th, 2014, 03:02 PM   #1701
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 12:04 AM   #1702
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Tolls have been introduced for heavy vehicles in Latvia, starting today.

There is an electronic vignette to be paid by drivers of vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes. The tolls for a typical heavy truck are € 11 per day to € 711 per year.

I've seen it called a 'eurovignette' in the media, but as far as I can tell it's not part of the actual eurovignette system in NL/B/L/S/DK.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 05:03 PM   #1703
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To my mind the worst is that it doesn't include distance. You could be using just a few hundred meters of A roads and you still have to pay, right? So the worst luck is probably for the warehouses which have been built on the main roads just outside Rīga city. Since they are outside the city, the trucks will have to pay the vignette although most make trips between the warehouse and the various supermarkets around the city, using the main road for no more than 3 km per trip.

So Maxima supermarket chain will now have 711€ expenses per every truck because their warehouse is just outside Riga while Rimi will only have to pay for the trucks that go outside Riga as their warehouse is in the city itself.

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Old July 2nd, 2014, 06:13 PM   #1704
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I would be happy if Maxima had to pay twice as much.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 06:20 PM   #1705
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I doubt if € 711 is really going to make a difference on the operating cost of a truck. Trucks can easily cost as much as € 120,000 to purchase.

The situation where a domestic trucking company would almost never use A-roads is pretty rare.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:26 PM   #1706
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Looks like Latvia is indeed part of the Eurovignette, pricing in lvvignette.eu is the same as for Sweden, Netherlands and others. Or i'm wrong?
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:35 PM   #1707
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The eurovignette is cheaper on a daily basis, but considerably more expensive on an annual basis than the Latvian vignette.

https://www.eurovignettes.eu/portal/tariffs/tariffs
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:45 PM   #1708
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I doubt if € 711 is really going to make a difference on the operating cost of a truck. Trucks can easily cost as much as € 120,000 to purchase.
I've seen the examples of Maxima's truck fleet. They don't look 120 000 €-ish. Instead they mostly use something like this 30 000 € second or probably even third-hand truck. And it's the same with most domestic companies too.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 09:44 AM   #1709
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I doubt if € 711 is really going to make a difference on the operating cost of a truck. Trucks can easily cost as much as € 120,000 to purchase.

The situation where a domestic trucking company would almost never use A-roads is pretty rare.
I agree. Operating costs are quite high because they drive a lot. For example, loaded truck can consume like 30 l (approx.) of diesel fuel per 100 km. And that's only fuel... 711 euros per year isn't much I guess.

In fact this tax isn't a smart idea (at least they way it's implemented). Most of tax payers will be local truckers and why do they have to pay twice (they pay annual tax)? If they had no annual tax to pay then it would be more honest. Out transit traffic is low and our local truckers will suffer...
Anyway I doubt that this tax will have any impact on road quality...
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 04:16 PM   #1710
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The toll of € 711 is quite low. The truck toll in Slovakia is € 0.212 per km for a euro 3/4 truck. You pay those € 711 after driving 3.350 kilometers in Slovakia, for a truck that can be within a few weeks.

I don't think the LV truck toll will make a huge difference in road funding. Vignette systems itself are pretty flawed as a method of funding roads. No country can fund its road network with vignettes.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 07:06 PM   #1711
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A10/Islands bridge

Renovation works on Islands bridge/A10 in Riga have started. The bridge over river Daugava and Mazā Daugava was built between 1968 and 1976 and since then it has not faced any significant reconstruction works. Concrete and plaster surface's are outworn, pedestrian tunnel has had it's lightning removed and expansion joint isn't fullfilling it's duty.

During renovation the surface will be dismantled, waterproofing of the bridge will be built from sctratch, span design will be restored and new expansion joint's will be built.

The pedestrian tunnel will recieve new LED lightning, video surveillance cameras. The tunnel will be easily accesable for cyclist's.








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Old July 4th, 2014, 04:23 PM   #1712
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Tolls have been introduced for heavy vehicles in Latvia, starting today.

There is an electronic vignette to be paid by drivers of vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes. The tolls for a typical heavy truck are € 11 per day to € 711 per year.

I've seen it called a 'eurovignette' in the media, but as far as I can tell it's not part of the actual eurovignette system in NL/B/L/S/DK.
It's funny how they didn't include toll to the recently opened P80 highway, since most freight is diverted from A6. (see map)
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Old July 8th, 2014, 08:40 AM   #1713
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Hey, you are right. That's interesting.
Sure, it's a regional road but in future it's going to be the main road and in fact it looks more main road than many main roads
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Old July 9th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #1714
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Does Latvia plan to build highway connections to Tallin or Vilnius? I was impressed with such lack of connections when I lived there, about two years ago. Internally also Riga-Liepeja-Ventspils was lacking such infraestruture, although traffic doesn´t justify such construction
How is the car mortality rate in Latvia, compared to EU average?
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Latvia's fatality rate is well above the EU average. However, they did managed to get an over 50% reduction between 2000 and 2010.
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Does Latvia plan to build highway connections to Tallin or Vilnius? I was impressed with such lack of connections when I lived there, about two years ago. Internally also Riga-Liepeja-Ventspils was lacking such infraestruture, although traffic doesn´t justify such construction
How is the car mortality rate in Latvia, compared to EU average?
The Via Baltica (Warsaw - Kaunas - Riga - Tallinn) will eventually be 2x2 but only when the EU is ready to fund 85% and that may be in the 2030s or 2040s. Warsaw - Kaunas might be completed by about 2025. Kaunas - Panavezys might be built sometime around 2030.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 09:25 PM   #1717
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Current priority in The Baltic States is to make a rail connection between all three capitals and Warszawa. I doub't we'll see a motorway even in 2050.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #1718
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I doub't we'll see a motorway even in 2050.
It is certainly possible that 2x2 all the way between Kaunas and Tallinn will not be completed by 2050. There are some parts that would really surprise me if they were not completed by 2050: Tallinn - Parnu, Tuja - Riga - Bauska, Panevezys - Kaunas - Warsaw. Parnu - Tuja and Bauska - Panevezys could take a very long time.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 01:41 PM   #1719
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Btw what will happen to Baltezers? There is no space for 2+2. Will drivers have to take Ādaži bypass - Baltezers bypass (Northern corridor extendion) - Jaunciema gatve - Vidzeme highway - Rīga bypass if the traffic gets too high?
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I think a decent 2+1 road will suffice between Riga and Pärnu. The AADT is only 3,000 - 5,000 vehicles per day and with the demographic decline of the Baltics I don't think it makes sense to wait for a motorway.
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