In 2017, the transport sector will start constructing another 140 km of highways. Before the end of September, the Road and Highway Directorate will announce tenders for contractors for a total of 20 structures worth 64 billion crowns. The Minister of Transport, Dan Tok, said so at a joint briefing with the Minister of Finance, Andrej Babis.
Since 2017, the Ministry of Transport will remove from charging additional 11 highway stretches that consist of city bypasses and places where a highway meets I. class roads. These include, for example, entrances to Prague and part of the Prague ring road, a highway around Pilsen, Usti nad Labem, Olomouc, Prostejov or Beroun. By this step, the Ministry of Transport builds on its decision from 2016 when charges were excluded from 45 km stretches where a highway meets I. class road
Several months of negotiations among the Ministry of Transport, Environment and representatives of the Government Office have ended successfully. The European Commission confirmed the list of ten priority transport buildings among which are the bypass of Czech Budejovice, continuation of the D11 highway in Hradec Kralove or bypass of Frydek-Mistek.
The Transport Ministry will propose to the Government the implementation of electronic highway vignettes. The aim is to increase a comfort of drivers who would be newly able to pay a time charge using a mobile application too. According to the material of the Ministry, so-called video tolling could start operating in 2019.
Transport ministers of the Visegrad Four member states along with representatives from Austria, Slovenia, and the European Commission met in Prague today to negotiate on a road safety. At the joint meeting, which was a culmination of the Czech Presidency of the V4 in the transport area, was adopted a Prague Declaration that aims to reduce the number of fatalities on roads and to cooperate in securing safer mobility of citizens.
The State Transport Infrastructure Fund had approved the 2015 budget of 94.4 billion CZK. This amount has been managed to draw an unprecedented 91.5 billion CZK, i.e. almost 97%. It is the highest ever volume of funds that were spent from STIF budget on a transport infrastructure in a given year. Thanks to savings, the Ministry of Transport may help the regions with a 3 billion EUR package to repair II. and III. class roads this year.