Spanish tolling integrator SICE has confirmed a four-year contract with the Humber Bridge Board for the maintenance of the hybrid tolling system that it recently installed on the key east coast road link.
A spokesman for the Board told Transport Network: 'SICE didn't want to commit to the maintenance deal immediately after the installation, to allow itself time to see the new technology in operation.'
Over the next four years, the company will be training up local engineers, to enable them to take over full responsibility.
The approach to the Humber Bridge
After the first year of the contract, the company will be servicing the software remotely.
The new configuration offers two central lanes, one in either direction, that are equipped for electronic freeflow tolling using the HumberTag, introduced in November 2015, which offers a 10% discount on charges.
These lanes are flanked by conventional ones, where booths have been enabled to accept contactless card payment since April.
Disabled drivers can now use the HumberTag freeflow lanes. They previously had to present paper vouchers at conventional lane booths.
Last week, the Board announced a five-year freeze on charges (currently £1.50 for a one-way journey), despite the cost of building a planned visitor centre, to be funded from toll receipts.