The Austrian company Kapsch has filed another lawsuit against the Office for the Protection of Competition. It accuses the agency of inaction in ignoring a court ruling under which it was ordered to re-examine Kapsch’s objections to the terms of a tender to operate the tolling system on Czech motorways.
Although many people today crave the latest technology, there is a persistent, strong fascination with “veterans” – old-timey cars, trams and busses which appear on the streets are instantly surrounded by admirers, and the owners of these historic jewels bring them out on special occasions. Ostrava City Transport is now preparing to celebrate the centenary of the oldest trams in its collection – the famed No. 25 tram, a wooden model that hit the rails in 1919, cruising the city at 15 kilometres an hour.
A major increase in electric cars driving on Czech roads is expected in the coming years, with some experts predicting up to a quarter of a million electricity powered cars will be in the country by 2030. A gradual increase in the number of these vehicles will start next year, with the country’s largest car manufacturer Škoda planning on selling around 2,500, news site iHNed reports.
101 railway crossing accidents have been reported so far this year,
resulting in 20 deaths, according to a statement by the Rail Safety
The statement was released in the wake of the accidental death of a family of four at the weekend.
The family, which included two small children, died at a crossing near Hradec Králové, equipped only with a light signal system.
Prague councillors have reached an agreement with private land owners in
Krč needed to further construction of the city metro’s planned D line.
Under the agreement, the city should pay the owners about 10 million crowns a year to lease the land along the metro route.
The first part of the D line will connect to Prague’s C Line at Pankrác, with four more stations continuing south including two in the Krč district.
Eventually the line – which may feature driverless trains – will run from Pankrác in central Prague to the as yet unbuilt Depo Písnice in the south, before being extended later.
The Chamber of Deputies has voted for the implementation a of digital
motorway toll system that should give drivers the opportunity to purchase
vignettes online or via an application by January 2021. The new system is
set to completely replace the paper coupons which are in use now.
Furthermore, hybrid cars, as well as those using electric or hydrogen
instead of regular fuel, are exempt from the charge.
Another proposal, which planned to increase the cost of digital vignettes from CZK 1,500 to CZK 2,000, did not pass.
The Ministry of Transport, which is currently reviewing one of the two
preliminary EU audits that point to a conflict of interest of Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš, has partly admitted to one of the conclusions in
the report, news site iRozhlas reports.
The specific case concerns the transfer of CZK 2 billion from the Ministry of Transport to the Ministry of the Environment in 2016. The auditors claim this is one piece of evidence of the PM’s conflict of interest because the changes were made in order to support the country’s chemical industry, which is dominated by Agrofert, a company founded by Mr. Babiš. At the time the cabinet argued that the Transport Ministry’s plans were not sufficient and a potential loss of the amount of granted subsidies could be limited.
However, in an interview with Czech Radio’s Radiožurnál, Deputy Trade Minister Tomáš Čoček said that this year’s statistics prove that the concern was unfounded and the ministry’s plans were sufficient.
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 passenger airplane operated by Czech budget airline Smartwings was forced
to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off at Budapest’s Ferenc
Liszt Airport on Thursday when its landing gear was damaged, a company
spokesperson told the Czech News Agency.
The Boeing 737-400 plane, which was heading to Hurghada in Egypt with 151 passengers and nine crew members on board, returned to Budapest and landed safely.
Charges have been filed against a Prague prosecutor for allegedly taking
bribes in 2013 from a former judge, who is now in prison on corruption
charges, Czech TV reports.
The prosecutor, Pavel Suchánek, was acquitted in October on charges that he took a bribe from Ondřej Havlín, a judge who earlier served as an ambassador to Croatia and later Bulgaria.
Six others prosecutors had faced charges in 2013. Only one was sentenced.
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