In 1H2012 the Average daily Traffic on the concession motorway section of A4 Katowice – Kraków amounted to 26,995 vehicles and decreased by 10.4% than the traffic recorded a year earlier (30,127 vehicles). This decrease was recorded both in heavy and light vehicles.
As regards the heavy vehicles one should remember that they present the traffic level of heavy vehicles recorded in two different legal regimes, i.e. vignettes (1H2011) and in case of real tolling (1H2012). The most crucial impact on traffic decrease of heavy vehicles was caused by legal changes resulting with replacement of vignettes by electronic toll collection on motorway network, express ways and some national roads. In result of it, starting from July 1, 2011, the Group started the real toll collection for heavy vehicles with the maximum permissible weight exceeding 12 tonnes. These vehicles so far – on basis of the valid vignette – benefitted from an exemption from the toll on the concession sections. That recorded decrease was a natural consequence of replacement one-off flat rate for use the motorway by the real tolling, which amount is conditioned by the number of passed kilometers. The above mentioned change of the law was reason of the decrease of the heavy vehicles by 37.6%, i.e. from 7,234 vehicles in 1H of the last year to 4,513 vehicles in 1H2012.
Next, the light vehicles traffic slightly decreased from 22,893 vehicles in 1H2011 to 22,482 vehicles in 1H2012 (fall by 1.8%). In Group`s opinion the main influence on such situation had the increase of fuel`s costs, which is a reason of limitation in use of private transportation. Additionally, starting from March 1, 2012, the raise of the toll rate on concession section of A4 took place. This factor had also negative impact on the recorded traffic level of light vehicles.
Despite the lower ADT level the revenues from tolling increased to 82,003 kPLN, i.e. by 3,595 kPLN (4.6%) compared with 1H2011. This increase was resulted by starting the real tolling from heavy vehicles included in 1H2011 by so called “vignette system” (category 4 and 5), and also raise of toll rate of the heavy vehicles of category 2 and 3 (by 11.1% from July 1, 2011) and light vehicles (by 12.5% from March 1, 2012).