In Budapest, access to the city by freight-transport vehicles is not permitted everywhere or all day. Taking into consideration both the rightful interests of local residents and the protection of World Heritage Sites, experts designated 15 restricted-access zones and 11 protected zones.
Road managing organisations Magyar Közút Zrt. and Budapest Közút Zrt. regulate and control the transport activity by overweight and oversized vehicles: they carry out axle-weight measurements in Budapest 1,200 times a year, in cooperation.
The municipal freight-transport access system (TOBI) is managed by Budapest Közút Zrt. The company consults with local governments and thereafter it not only regulates and controls freight-transport vehicles, but also issues temporary access permits to restricted or protected zones.
Lorry operators request about quarter of a million access permits in Budapest annually. This number is showing a growing tendency from year to year, however in 2020, there was a 20% drop due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to request a freight-transport access permit, users need to register their business and invoicing data in the online TOBI system at http://tobi.budapestkozut.hu
- Registration is free and it takes about 10 minutes. After creating a user and customer profile, the vehicle registration data and the access permit request can be entered.
- The access fee can be paid online by bankcard or with cash in person at the Central BKK Customer Service Centre (1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén utca 19–21.).
- Budapest Közút Zrt. will issue an e-invoice. The access permit becomes active after approval and fee payment.