Uruguay's cargo transport and logistics sector is using electronic toll collection devices (TAGs) to manage vehicle fleets and control flow, the operations manager of Uruguay's state-owned highway concessionaire Corporacion Vial (CVU), Cesar Freire, told BNamericas.
CVU has gradually implemented TAG devices to charge tolls on its highways since 2009, although its use is not currently mandatory.
In the transport and logistics sector, alternative uses for the devices, traditionally used solely for collecting payments on tollroads, are beginning to become more widespread, Freire said.
In capital Montevideo's port, for example, TAGs are now mandatory for trucks seeking to access the terminal. Plans are also underway to use TAG devices in capital Montevideo's Tres Cruces interurban bus terminal.
The use of TAGs in the transport logistics sector allows both the government and the private sector to monitor vehicle flow, which could be useful for planning projects such as road maintenance and improvements, according to Freire.
Uruguay has an estimated 600,000 vehicles, of which 50,000 are equipped with TAGs.
The device used in Uruguay uses a radio signal and does not require batteries, making it a low-cost and long-lasting piece of equipment, said Freire. Each unit costs the user around US$8.