Bomringen i Bergen
Road tolls were introduced in Bergen at the end of the 1950s. These were important projects that greatly influenced the Bergen roads. Three projects worth mentioning are:
17/12/1956 – Puddefjordsbroen opened in December 1956 and extends from Møhlenpris to Gyldenpris. Puddefjordsbroen was among the first road projects in Norway to be funded by road tolls. Bro- og Tunnelselskapet AS was founded to achieve this. Toll collection was introduced once the bridge was ready, and the road only led to Laksevåg at first.
17/12/1956 – Eidsvågstunnelen also opened on the same cold day in December 1956, a mere hour later.
20/06/1968 – Løvstakktunnelen was the next construction stage and opened in 1968. This tunnel links Fyllingsdalen and Bergen city centre together. The toll collection for this project became part of Bomringen i Bergen (the Bergen toll ring) in 1986.
Bomringen (The Toll Ring)
02/01/1986 – Bomringen i Bergen is opened
This project constitutes Norway’s first toll ring and the country’s largest toll collection project. From day one, the toll ring was an international pioneer project in road toll collection. The first attempts at automatic registration of vehicles in short lanes were made as early as in 1986, and the foundations for future collection technology began to form.
The toll ring consisted of seven toll stations. Sandviken, Nygårdsbroen, Florida, Gyldenpris, Kalfaret, Gravdal and Fyllingsdalen.
02/02/04 – The Bergen toll ring is one of the first toll rings with AutoPASS in the country.
On this day, the project adopted an automatic operation solution, and the manual toll stations were history.
11/06/07 – Toll collection at Osterøybrua is automated.
Osterøybrua is included in the Bomringen i Bergen toll collection and becomes part of the AutoPASS system.
11/07/07 – New toll stations in Bergen
On this day, the Bergen toll ring was extended by five toll stations; Damsgårdsveien, Michael Krohns gate, Storetveitvegen, Nattlandsveien and Fjøsanger. This was due to the changing financial conditions for implementing the Bergen Programme.
10/09/10 – New toll station in Bergen
Ringvei Vest opened at 2.30 p.m., and toll collection at Dolviken toll station was initiated.
01/07/13 – Changed rates and discounts in Bergen
Rates were regulated from NOK 15 to NOK 25 for light vehicles, and double for heavy vehicles. At the same time, the 30 % and 40 % discounts were replaced by a maximum discount of 20 %. The prepayment amount increased to NOK 2000. The passage limit was raised to 60 passages per vehicle, per month.
15/06/15 – Termination of toll collection on Osterøybrua
The toll collection is terminated at 10.00 a.m. due to completed payment of the toll project.
01/02/16 – Time differentiated rates were introduced.
Rush hour rates were regulated from NOK 25 to NOK 45 for light vehicles, and from NOK 50 to NOK 90 for heavy vehicles from 6.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
The rates for passing outside the rush hour, as well as Saturdays/Sundays, are NOK 19 for light vehicles and NOK 38 for heavy vehicles.
The main objective of time differentiation is to reduce traffic in busy periods and avoid the worst traffic jams. Reducing traffic in the morning and afternoon rush may lead to reduced emissions and contribute to improved air quality.
01/06/18 - The Bergen city package and introduction of enviromentally differentiated rates and new discount system.
Environmentally differentiated rates are based on the vehicle's fuel code and are divided into two rate groups:
Rate group 1: Vehicles with permitted total weight up to 3500 kg, as well as vehicles in category M1 with electronic tag and valid agreement.
Rate group 1 is divided into:
- Electric and hydrogen vehicles - Free.
- All vehicles using gasoline, including rechargeable hybrids - Kr 24, - / kr 49, - in rusthid.
- All vehicles using Diesel, including rechargeable hybrid - kr 29, - / kr 54, - in rush hour.
Rate group 2: Vehicles with a permitted total weight including and above 3501 kg, excl. vehicle in category M1 with electronic tag and valid agreement.
Rate group 2, is distinguished whether the vehicle is certified by:
- Euro VI standard - NOK 36, - / NOK 72, - in rush hour.
- Euro V or older - NOK 67, - / NOK 118, - in rush hour.
Monthly ceilings and hourly rule are continued.
The introduction of a standardized discount system automatically provides 20% discount. This applies only to vehicles with valid agreement and tag, in rate group 1.
Former agreement with prepayment (20% discount), or post payment (10% discount) are replaced with a new 20% prepayment agreement. This discount applies only to vehicles in rate group 1.
The Green Pledge and the City Growht Agreement
The Green Pledge is the collective term of the Bergen City Growth Agreement, which was concluded between the Ministry of Transport and Communications,
Municipal and Modernization Department, Bergen Municipality
and Hordaland County Municipality in June 2017, and Bergen City Package, which was passed by the parliament in December 2017.
The Green Pledge is a major priority for the future of Bergen.
With the Green Pledge the people in Bergen will have cleaner air to breathe in, shorter car queues, less traffic noise and lower climate emissions.
In the next 20 years, the Green Pledge will invest for just over 29 billion NOK.
The Bergen City Growth Agreement is an extension and further development of today's Bergens program for transport, urban development and the environment, which was established in 2002.
The partners in the Bergen City Growth Agreement are Hordaland County Municipality, Bergen Municipality, Railways Directorate and State Road Administration.
The main objective of the agreement is zero growth in private car traffic in the urban area and good traffic management for all road user groups, with emphasis on public transport, bicycle, pedestrians and industrial transport.
In order to achieve these goals, an active focus on public transport, bicycles and pedestrians is required, but also on key investments in road projects that will improve the conditions for the soft road users in central Bergen.
The people of Bergen can enjoy:
- development of the the light rail "Bybane" to Fyllingsdalen and Åsane.
- Better contitions for bus, bike and walk
- Better and safer roads