Statistics show that the number of collisions with animals on Czech roads has increased markedly in recent years. What is more, experts warn that the real figure is actually much higher, due to the limited scope of available statistics. The main reasons include high numbers of deer and current agriculture policy, but potentially also the impact of drought.
A US military convoy, which is passing through the Czech Republic on its
way to a military exercise in Romania and Hungary, has significantly slowed
down traffic on the D1 motorway from Prague to Brno. According to the
traffic police, drivers can expect hour-long delays.
The convoy, made up of around 350 armoured combat vehicles and over 800 personnel, entered the Czech Republic on Tuesday at the Czech-German border in Rozvadov near Plzeň. It is expected to leave the country on Thursday afternoon.
A sharp rise in the number of highly visible warning signs that motorists
see if they wrongly attempt to enter a motorway lane leading into oncoming
traffic is planned, Czech Television reported. The recently appointed
minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, reached agreement on the matter
with the minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček.
Police in the past recommended that 130 “Stop – Wrong Direction” signs be installed but under the previous minister of transport only four were put in place. Minister Kremlík has not revealed how many will go up, saying the police’s proposals would be examined. The first wave of such signs is due to appear on Czech motorways in June.
The Prague ring road, which was blocked by a serious accident on Thursday,
reopened to drivers late on Friday morning.
One person was killed and 14 were injured in a head-on collision of a prison service bus transporting nine prisoners and ten security guards with a lorry carrying two veteran tanks to Plzen to be used in the end-of-war celebrations this weekend.
A fire broke out immediately after the collision in which the bus was completely destroyed and the lorry and tanks damaged.
The accident happened near Řeporyje, in the direction of the airport. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
European Union funds helped build or modernize 975 kilometres or railroads
and 495 kilometres of roads in the past 15 years, according to data
released by the Czech Transport Ministry on Wednesday.
Subsidies from European structural funds channelled into road and rail development reached 12.2 billion euros or 325 billion crowns. The majority of these projects were part of the trans-European network (TEN-T).
The road maintenance authorities continue in load testing potentially risky
bridges on the country’s highways and first class roads, after a bridge
in Dubí, north Bohemia was found to be a public hazard and was torn down.
Currently agreements have been signed on testing 126 bridges with the results due to be made public in November. Many of the country’s bridges are undergoing minor or significant reconstruction.
The Civic Democrats have come out with a new amendment to Czech driving legislation, which would allow drivers to have up to two lagers before taking the wheel. They hope to table the proposal at the next session of the Chamber of Deputies, but there appears to be scant support for the idea in the lower house.
Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic has always been a popular transit country for trucks. But it is not the only reason. According to a new study put together by the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses (CETA), the Czech Republic is also one of the cheapest countries in terms highway fees and fuel costs.
Czechs began driving on the right side of the road on this day 80 years
ago. The Nazis introduced the change from driving on the left on March 17,
1939, two days after their occupation of the Czech lands began.
However, plans for such a switch had been in place for some time. Czechoslovakia had signed up to the Paris Convention, which committed the state to going right, in 1926 and had eventually got around to setting May 1, 1939 as the date for the switch.
The Constitutional Court has rejected a complaint against a ban on
billboards by Czech motorways filed by a group of 17 senators. Speaking for
the group, senator Václav Chaloupek said that the prohibition, which also
applies to first class roads, violated legal certainty and a ban on
retroactivity. The petitioners also argued that it contravened the right to
do business and the international protection of investments.
The court, which had been considering the matter since 2017, said that the billboards ban could be justified on the grounds of public interest, safety and environmental concerns.