The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
represented by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, and the
Czech Republic, represented by the Minister of Transport, Dan Ťok, signed a memorandum of
understanding on a cooperation in the frame of space resources exploration and utilization.
Construction of the D11 motorway between Hradec Králové and Smiřice started on October 2. This means that the D11 motorway will continue from Hradec Králové to the north towards Poland. Along with the connecting section between Smiřice and Jaroměř, where works started in May 2018, the motorway will divert traffic from the existing I/33 road between Hradec Králové and Jaroměř, the capacity of which is already now stretched to the limits.
Since October 1, several changes relevant for motorists come into effect. The content of the compulsory equipment of vehicles changes, so drivers no longer have to carry spare bulbs, fuses and the reserve wheel in the car. They also no longer have to replace expired first air boxes. When entering a traffic jam, drivers must now create the so-called rescue isle between the left and the adjacent driving lane. Motorbike riders no longer need to go to emission tests and penalties of up to CZK 500,000 can be imposed for mileage fraud.
The Ministry of Transport together with State Fund for Transport Infrastructure and the advisory consortium formed by White & Case, Česká spořitelna (Erste Group) and Obermeyer Helika assessed the content of the requests for participation in the tender for the concessionaire for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project on the D4 motorway. All seven applicants declare experience with a similar type of project, where the concessionaire designed, built, financed and operates a selected section of the motorway. The ministry is now selecting four bidders for the completion and operation of 32 km of the D4 motorway between Příbram and Písek.
The Ministry of Transport will support the construction of conventional recharging stations for electric vehicles from the Operational Programme Transportation (OPD). Up to CZK 174 million is allocated for construction support of alternative fuels infrastructure for this purpose from EU funds.
The D1 reconstruction in front of Prague is coming to the final phase. The asphalt top cover will be completed in two weeks between km 12 and 16 of the most heavily used Czech motorway. In September and October three more modernised D1 sections will be opened as well, so almost 90 km of the D1 motorway will have been repaired and modernised.