ViaLivre is a worldwide pioneer in fully automatic free flow collection of tolls on long distance highways.
ViaLivre originated as a response to the need to change Cintra's highway management model from the shadow toll system to an explicit system. This new model owes its existence to the Portuguese Government's reform of the funding system for transport infrastructures in 2008.
ViaLivre uses a proprietary back-office system for toll management. Designed and developed by Cintra and Ferrovial, it is endowed with advanced features for managing information flows. This innovative platform ensures efficient, accurate collection and tracking of each trip at all times.
Payment is made through the Electronic License Plate Device (electronic toll) or through pay-by-license plate. In the second case the user pays the regular price of the toll plus a surcharge through an authorised collection agent.
The coercive process only begins in the event of failure to pay through these two systems. ViaLivre is also involved in this phase, managing delivery of the first warnings to offenders. Once the infringement involves a fine, management is handed over to the Internal Revenue Department.
The field systems enabling vehicle identification are devices incorporating state-of-the-art technology which will manage payment for the use of the roadway network at European level in the very near future.
|Location||A-22 (Algarve) and A-28 (Norte Litoral)|
|Client||Estradas de Portugal, S.A.|
|Equity structure||84,04% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.U.|
3,192% Construcciones Gabriel A. S. Couto, S.A.
3,192% EusebiosPar, SGPS, S.A.
3,192% CasaisInvest-Gestão de Participações Sociais, S.A.
3,192% Aurelio Martins Sobreiro e Filhos, S.A.
3,192% J. Gomes Concessões Norte Unipersonal, LDA
|Opening date||15 October 2010 (Norte Litoral)|
|Concession start date||1 July 2010 (commencement of the Service Contract)|
|End of concession||2031|
|Concession end date||2 years (renewable by mutual agreement of the parties)|
|Purpose of the concession||Construction, maintenance and operation of the free-flow toll collection system in the Norte Litoral and Algarve concessions.|
|Length of the highway|
(127.1 km of tolled highway in Algarve and 47.4 km in Norte Litoral)
|Number of lanes||2-3 lanes per direction|
|Toll system||Open. Multi-lane free-flow, with 4 bi-directional toll collection points in Norte Litoral and 10 in Algarve|
|Payment methods accepted||OBE (electronic toll) and pay-by-license plate (photo-based system)|
ViaLivre was founded in 2010 as a response to the need to change some of Cintra's highways in Portugal from the shadow toll system to an explicit free-flow system. Its creation was a pioneering experience and opened a new line of business for Cintra.