The Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament, has successfully approved a bill that eliminates tolls for passenger cars and motorcycles on state-owned highways. The bill, which received overwhelming support with 451 votes in favour, 13 against, and nine abstentions, represents an amendment to the existing law on toll highways and the National Road Fund.
Under the provisions of the draft law, tolls for vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tonnes (GVW) will be abolished on the Konin-Stryków section of the A2 highway and the Wrocław-Sośnica section of the A4 highway in western Poland. Furthermore, all future stretches of state-managed highways will also be exempt from toll charges.
In addition to the toll abolishment, the bill also includes a provision for a ban on overtaking by trucks.
Proponents of the bill, including members of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, emphasize that the proposed regulations, crafted by the Infrastructure Ministry, are aligned with the expectations of society and aim to ensure unhindered traffic flow on highways.
The next step for the draft law is to be presented to the Senate, the upper house of the Polish parliament, where it will undergo further review and consideration.