2021 Annual Motorway Vignettes Available Starting Monday
Starting 7 December 2020, national and regional motorway vignettes for the year 2021 will be available on National Toll Payment Services Plc.’s own sales platform and at its customer service offices and reseller partners. The same type of vignettes purchased for the year 2020 will continue to provide valid road use authorization for Hungarian toll highways until 31 January 2021.
“We first introduced pre-purchasing in 2016, in order to help our customers avoid the typical January crowds and waiting in lines at the points of sale. At that time, we had no idea that this simple convenience measure would become as important as it is today, as the global pandemic makes it highly advisable to avoid crowds and complete our purchases with as little personal contact as possible,” said CEO of National Toll Payment Services (NTPS) Plc. Tamás Bartal.
The annual national and regional motorway vignettes for the year 2021 will become valid for use on 1 January 2021. This means that they will not provide valid road use authorization in December 2020. The vignettes will expire on 31 January 2022, meaning that they will remain usable on Hungarian toll highways for a total of 13 months.
Pre-purchasing annual e-vignettes has become more popular in recent years. The number of pre-sales in December 2018 was barely over 120,000, while December 2019 saw over 144,000 e-vignettes sold before the start of the validity period. This represented an almost 20% increase compared to the pre-purchase period in the previous year. Out of all pre-purchases by road users in late 2019, over 56,000 were for annual national authorisation, and approximately 88,000 were for regional e-vignettes.
Due to the current pandemic, NTPS Plc. recommends using its own sales portal, ematrica.nemzetiutdij.hu, optimized for use with mobile phones and allowing travellers to quickly and easily purchase their e-vignettes online. In addition, these purchases do not incur any additional convenience fees, and customers only need provide their vehicle details a single time. This means that the risk of incorrect data entry (e.g. providing the wrong license plate number) will be minimal for any subsequent purchases, and customers will not even need to keep their receipts for two years.
When purchasing e-vignettes, NTPS Plc. strongly recommends always double-checking the data provided (license plate number, country code, vehicle category, validity period, county) before payment, in order to avoid errors and any resulting inconvenience.