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 Prague authorities are considering a toll on cars using some roads in
the city. The capital’s leaders want to discuss the matter with Ministry
of Transport officials within the coming weeks as the move would require a
change in the law, Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček and Tomáš Voříšek from
the council’s sustainable energy and emissions committee said on Tuesday.
The new toll would likely cost motorists tens of Czech crowns a day. An earlier idea of creating an emissions-free zone in the centre of Prague was dropped.
Around 5,500 cameras would be used, alongside monitoring vehicles currently used to oversee parking zones, would be employed in the enforcement of the new system.
Hundreds of police officers are out in force on the Czech Republic’s
motorways and roads for what is traditionally one of the most dangerous
weekends of the year, the end of the holiday season. Towing vehicles have
also been deployed on motorways in order to prevent tailbacks by quickly
removing cars that become involved in collisions.
Police say that a total of 41 people died over the nine weekends of the holiday period to date. On three occasions there were seven deaths, including on the traditionally risky first weekend of the season.
The Czech Republic’s Air Navigation Services have prepared for
investigators all the documents required to analyse a Smartwings flight in
which the pilots flew from Greece to Prague last week with only one
functioning engine, Czech Television reported. The documentation includes a
transcription of communication between dispatchers and the air crew, which
will reveal whether the team admitted to the engine malfunction.
The documents will be handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Institute. The materials are intended for investigators and will not be made public.
For the past five years one of the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturers, Aero Vodochody, has been developing a next generation jet trainer. Engineers say that one of its key selling points is its ability to train pilots from beginning to end, a new concept in how pilots are taught. To find out more, I visited the two sites where the ongoing tests are underway.
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.
The Prague transport authority has begun testing out hybrid buses produced
by the company Iveco. Trial usage of vehicles made by Solaris and Volvo
began at the end of last month. A representative of the transport authority
said the hybrid buses had so far shown savings of about one-quarter in
usage of diesel.
Prague gets between 100 and 120 new buses a year. From 2020 a significant portion of them should be hybrid vehicles. This is in part because the city has committed to halving its carbon emissions by 2030.
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.
Charging stations for electric cars around the Czech Republic are reporting a sharp increase in electricity intake, Czech Radio reported on Friday. The Czech state-owned energy producer ČEZ, which currently controls around half of the charging stations, says consumption of electricity in the first six months of 2019 has nearly doubled year-on-year, reaching 828 869 kWh. Other companies are reporting similar growth.
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