A new electric scooter sharing system in Prague, implemented only three weeks ago, has already met with some raised eyebrows across the capital. Many locals complain they are dangerous and take up space on the pavement. Meanwhile the City Hall, which did not hesitate to ban Segways in the past, says the operators need to work more closely with local districts.
The Czech government has increased the budget for transport infrastructure
next year to CZK 86.3 billion, its press office said on Wednesday morning.
The amount to be spent on construction and renovation of the country’s
road and rail networks will be CZK 14 billion higher than in 2018.
Cabinet members have also given the green light to Strategic Framework 2030, a plan whose objective is described as to improve the quality of life of all inhabitants of the Czech Republic while respecting natural limits.
The Czech Anti-Monopoly Office has fined Czech Railways and AWT
Čechofracht for acting in breach of EU and Czech competition rules by
illegally cooperating in the rail freight transport project Italia.
Cargo Austria AG, which was also involved, was granted immunity from fines following its leniency application.
Czech Railways has been fined 48 million crowns, while AWT Čechofracht 3 million. Both fines were originally higher, but were significantly reduced following a settlement procedure .
A total of 410 people died on Czech roads in the first nine months of 2018,
which is 43 more than in the same period last year, the head of the
country’s traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, announced at a press conference
Most people died in head-on collisions or in accidents caused by speeding. On the other hand, the number of alcohol-related accidents has dropped to 21, which is 13 fewer than in the previous year.
Construction firms are erecting special fences along Czech highways to
prevent frequent clashes of cars with wild animals.
Every year clashes with deer and wild boar cause over 12 thousand accidents, many of which are fatal.
The autumn and winter periods are especially dangerous in this respect because animals migrate in search of food.
In July and August the Czech police investigated almost 18,000 traffic
accidents in which 119 people lost their lives. While the number of road
deaths was 18 higher than in summer 2017, the general trend is declining
and this year’s numbers were the second lowest since 1990, the police
said on Thursday.
Unlike deaths, accident numbers have been constantly rising for several years, not just in summer but all year round. Police attribute the trend to a rise in vehicle numbers and heavier traffic.
The number of road deaths in the Czech Republic in July and August was
one-fifth higher than in the same period last year. While 101 people died
on the roads in the holiday months of 2017 this year the figure was 121.
The director of the country’s traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, said the unusually hot weather was definitely one factor behind the increase, Czech Television reported.
A large number of motorcyclists and cyclists took to the roads in the summer and such road users accounted for over a third of all deaths in August.
Fatal auto accidents were caused in many cases by tiredness and a lack of attentiveness, the police said.
Cheaper train and bus fares for people under 26 and over 65 were introduced
in the Czech Republic on Saturday. They will now have to pay just a quarter
the price of regular tickets.
The move represents the fulfilment of one of the promises made by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ANO party in pre-election campaigning. It will cost the state up to CZK 6 billion crowns, though no precise estimate can be made, iDnes.cz reported.
The news website said Czech Railways had set aside 50 extra carriages with a capacity of 4,000 seats in case there were a sudden spike in traveller numbers.
Work is about to begin on the renovation of a famous interwar express train
known as the Slovak Arrow. A dilapidated model that stood for years in
front of the Tatra museum in Kopřivnice in the Moravian Silesian Region
has been transported to Hranice in the Olomouc Region, where it will be
completely renovated at a cost of CZK 35 million over two years.
The train will then return to Kopřivnice where it will be installed at a new museum of Tatra cars in a former foundry. It will stand on tracks and be put into operation on special occasions.
Introduced in 1936, the Slovak Arrow ran on the line between Bratislava and Prague as the flagship train of Czechoslovak Railways.
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