The new tolling system which came in force in the Czech Republic as of
midnight, December 1st, has not created any significant traffic
complications, the ctk news agency reports.
Although long lines were expected to form at the country’s borders due to the around 145,000 as yet unregistered vehicles, the transition has been smooth and hauliers are registering gradually at mobile registration points on the country’s borders.
Only the Czech-Slovak border crossing Lanžhot reported a two-kilometre-long line of trucks on Monday morning. The new tolling system, operated by the consortium CzechToll/SkyToll, requires hauliers to register and have their vehicles fitted with a new on-board unit.
The launch of the new electronic toll system on Czech highways at the beginning of December can cause major traffic disruptions, the toll operator Czech Toll/Sky Toll has warned. Traffic jams of up to 40 kilometres are expected in some parts of the country, especially at border crossings, when the new toll system goes into operation.
Starting this Sunday, carriers in the Czech Republic can start registering
in the new electronic toll system. The new satellite system, operated by
the consortium CzechToll/SkyToll, will be officially launched on December
Hauliers using toll roads will be obliged to have their vehicles fitted with a new on-board unit by that date.
The launch of the new toll system was preceded by months of legal battles with the company Kapsch over the result of a tender for the new toll system operator. The Austrian company has run the Czech highway toll system since 2007.
The passengers of an intercity bus narrowly escaped a disastrous crash as
the bus driver collapsed and fell out of his seat on a busy highway on
One of the passengers promptly jumped behind the wheel and drove the bus safely to the nearest petrol station.
Witnesses say the driver fainted and was thrown from his seat as the bus swerved and hit the guardrail on the roadside.
Police have commended the passenger for his fast response and courage. There were about 50 people travelling on the bus at the time of the incident.No one was hurt.
The bus driver is in hospital undergoing tests.
The private Czech train and bus operator Leo Express is set to deploy new trains, manufactured by the Chinese company CRRC, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday. The new Sirius train units should start operating next year. The total value of the investment, which includes the delivery of three units and an option for 30 more, exceeds five billion crowns.
The Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) plans to install a new
CCTV system at selected railway crossings in a bid to reduce traffic
fatalities. Drivers filmed making dangerous crossings will face fines, the
The move comes following a spate of lethal train accidents involving motorists this summer. More than 740 collisions and other extraordinary events were recorded on the Czech rail network from January through end July. Those crashes left 130 people dead.
Apart from looking to encourage responsible driving at railway crossings, plans are also afoot to install barriers at most of the country’s first-class roads by 2023.
The Railway Infrastructure Administration is set to invest almost CZK 10
billion in renovations of railways stations around the Czech Republic in
the next five years, Czech Television reported. This year alone it is
carrying out more than 50 major projects to spruce up stations.
The head of the Railway Infrastructure Administration, Jiří Svoboda, told Czech TV that his officials had selected 350 locations for renovation work between now and 2024. He said the organisation would spend around CZK 900 million this year alone on improving railway station buildings.
The Czech Republic has one of Europe’s densest rail networks.
Police have charged an express train driver who did not respect a red light
and entered the wrong track in the Plzeň Region in late February. He
managed to stop the train, which was carrying 200 passengers, just 30
metres from another one travelling in the opposite direction, whose driver
had also put the brakes on.
Nobody was injured in the incident. The man faces up to five years in prison or a ban on driving trains.
A passenger car collided with a train at a barrier-free railway crossing on
Sunday morning near Olomouc leaving the car’s driver and a passenger
The accident comes after renewed calls to install barriers at crossings and take other safety measures in the wake of 10 death at crossings in July alone.
According to the Rail Safety Inspection Office, over 740 collisions and other extraordinary events were recorded on the Czech rail network in January through July. Those crashes left 130 people dead.
Plans are afoot to install barriers at railway crossings on most of the country’s first-class roads by 2023. By the close of 2019, they should be in place on 132 of the 164 around the country.