The company AGES was founded in May due to the introduction of a HGV toll on German motorways. Shareholders are oil companies, issuers of fuel cards and road hauliers associations. The company's headquarters are in Düsseldorf.
On 1 January 1995 AGES launches a system to bill road user charges for HGVs – the Eurovignette. In addition to Germany, this time-based charge is introduced in the BeNeLux countries, Denmark and Sweden - the so called Treaty States. Bundesamt für Güterverkehr (Federal Office for Goods Transport) commissions AGES to develop and implement this charging system. AGES also sets up the system in the Eurovignette Belt Area surrounding the Treaty States, e.g. Great Britain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Finland.
As of 1 January 2000 AGES is in charge of significant services for the Dutch Eurovignette system on behalf of the Dutch State. Until 2008 AGES is responsible for its secure operation and the overall data communication for more than 200 points of sale.
As of 2003 AGES operates the Eurovignette system in the Belt Area under the responsibility of the Dutch State and handles revenues from charges amounting to approximately € 70 million. Germany drops out of the Treaty States on 31 August 2003. The Eurovignette obligation still exists in the European member states of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark and Sweden.
The German era of the Eurovignette system ends with the introduction of a distance-based toll system. This innovative satellite-based system is launched on 1 January 2005. AGES is responsible for billing the toll payers as well as for the effective operation and further development of the point-of-sale network. The annual toll revenue processed amount to 4.5 billion euros, around 3,500 points of sale in ten countries are serviced.
The latest development by AGES – a flexible, efficient and secure system to impose and control road user charges. The e-Vignette may be used for passenger cars as well as HGV and is the perfect way to start tolling.
On 1 October 2008 the new electronic Eurovignette system developed by AGES starts and replaces the paperbased Eurovignette. Thus for the first time one road user charging system is applied for nine countries in Europe. The new Eurovignette is stored in the form of an electronical data record via the number plate without the necessity of paper documents.
In February 2009 AGES moves into an own office building in Langenfeld. Located between Düsseldorf and Cologne, the new building provides sufficient space for about 80 employees.
End of 2013 Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden renew the contract. AGES thus operates the electronic Eurovignette system for another four years.
In April 2016 Belgium leaves the Eurovignette alliance and starts an own tolling scheme for HGV. AGES plays a major role in user registration and payment processes for this new tolling system.
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