The City of Prague has turned down an offer by eMoneyServices to pay 500 million crowns to continue licensing the multi-purpose Opencard. The mayor said earlier the amount demanded was unacceptable; two studies found the price inflated by one-quarter. City Hall will call a tender to select a new card system; meanwhile, the city will start negotiations on the continuation of the current system for an interim period. The selection of a new card system will evidently spell the end of the controversial Opencard, which cost close to 1.2 billion crowns.
A growing number of traffic accidents on Czech roads is caused by drivers on drugs, police president Tomáš Tuhý said in a debate on Czech Television on Sunday. According to police statistics since 2010 50 people killed on Czech roads were victims of accidents involving drug abuse. The police president said traffic police had intensified check-ups in this respect, but were being hampered by a lack of funds. He said the aim was for every officer on the road to be equipped to detect drug abuse. In 2010 the police registered 527 cases of drivers on drugs, mainly on crystal methamphetamine; they registered the same number in the first quarter of this year. Last weekend an officer was killed by a driver on crystal methamphetamine.
A 21-year-old drunk driver killed a 45-year-old wheelchair-bound in a hit-and-run incident in České Budějovice on Saturday night, a police spokeswoman said. The driver was apparently going too fast and hit the man in the wheelchair who was riding on the side of the road, instantly killing him. He then drove off but had another accident later when he drove into parked cars. The 21-year-old driver has been arrested, and faces up to six years in prison.
A pilot had to be airlifted to hospital on Friday after crashing a
cropduster in a field in the Náchod area. Emergency crews arriving at the
scene found the agricultural aircraft shattered and on its roof, some 50
metres from the nearest road.
Two weeks ago, an ultralight crashed in the area with two people on board. They suffered only minor injuries and were treated on the spot.
The Czech government is expected to approve a Transport Ministry amendment aimed at getting infrastructure projects – currently stalled – back on track. The completion of both highways and railway routes depends on winning over disaffected landowners by offering better prices for arable land than they had until now.
The authorities in Prague say they will not pay the amount demanded by the company eMoneyServices to continue licensing the Opencard, an electronic card used for travel and other services in the city. Mayor Tomáš Hudeček said on Tuesday that an offer it received from eMoneyServices was unacceptable. He said City Hall was preparing a tender process to select a new card system; such a move would evidently put paid to the controversial Opencard, which has cost close to CZK 1.2 billion.
The recent tragic case of a Czech policewoman killed by a hit-and-run driver high on drugs has led to calls for stricter rules that would keep repeat offenders off the road. The man responsible for the officer’s death had been behind the wheel despite having received an incredible 11 driving bans. The authorities are now considering measures to prevent such cases from happening again – but also warn of a steep increase in the number of Czechs caught driving under the influence of drugs.
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