Q-free to tag third-largest motorway network Europe
For the second time in 2006, the French entrust the supply of mobility charging systems to the Norwegian supplier
Trondheim, Norway – Under the terms of an agreement worth up to NOK 50 million (approx. £4.2 million), Q-Free will supply mobility charge tags to Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR), the second-largest motorway network in France, and the third largest in Europe. This three-year contract is the second one awarded to Q-Free in France in 2006.
Geir Ove Kjesbu, CEO, Q-Free said: “We are very proud to have been chosen as APRR’s supplier. This agreement represents a clear recognition of Q-Free as a tag supplier in the French market. To date, Q-Free has supplied more than 300,000 tags in France.”
France is one of the fastest growing tag markets in the world, and
Q-Free’s market share is constantly increasing. Earlier this year, Q-Free was awarded a NOK 11 million (approx. £930k) contract from another French company, Axxès SA. Both agreements position the Norwegian company as a major player in the French road user charging market.
The contract with APRR, a network operating more than 2,200 kilometres of motorways in France, is also significant Europe- and worldwide. “The international road user charging market is still a niche sector and different operators listen to each other. Consequently, the French contracts position Q-Free strongly in other markets,” said Kjesbu.
“We are proud to take market share from tough competition in France, and this shows our technology is world class. We will invest more in the French market and will shortly open a dedicated sales office in Paris.”