The public procurement called "Electronic Toll System" has its winner. With the price CZK 10.75 billion, the companies CzechToll and SkyToll shall be collecting and maintaining the toll system on Czech motorways and category I roads for ten years. This was decided by the Ministry of Transport based on the recommendation of the commission which evaluated four bids. The ministry of transport Dan Ťok informed the members of the Babiš government about the winner today. Now the other bidders in the tender can raise objections. Also the Office for the Protection of Competition will be deciding about the possibility of signing the contract with the winner.
Almost 446 advertisement facilities were removed from motorways and their vicinity. The outdoor advertisement providers removed 400 of them either following a call of the Road Administration Authority or based on their own will. About 500 advertisement facilities were then removed by the staff of the individual Motorway Administration and Maintenance centres. Only around motorways 900 illegal billboards are still to be removed.
Since January, the Emission Measurement Stations are obliged to document the presence of vehicles in inspections. The same applies to Technical Inspection Stations. During the first quarter, over three million photographs were taken during 563 669 inspections. To increase convenience for drivers when searching the closest station, the ministry published an easy-to-read map of all Emission Measurement Stations, Technical Inspection Stations and Municipal Departments with Extended Powers on its website.
The Central Bohemian, South Bohemian and Pilsen regions will receive most of the special state subsidy amounting to CZK 4 billion and designated for regional roads. We can see this in the calculation of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure that, again, proposes splitting the money based on the length of category II and III roads in the individual regions. What is new is that the allocation of the money is pre-conditioned by the removal of illegal billboards from the land owned by the regions. Both the government and the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure Committee will still have to approve this proposal.
Until 2021 drivers in the Czech Republic will be able to use up to two dozens of new compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations for their passenger cars as well as trucks. Their construction will be supported by the Ministry of Transport from European funds. Up to CZK 50 million for the support of the alternative fuel infrastructure can arrive from the Operational Programme Transport.
The state will contribute to seniors aged over 65 years, to pupils and students aged 6-26 to their travels on trains and buses with a 75% discount on their fare. The government decided about the new state-ordered discounts, valid from 10 June when the timetables change. Children aged less than six will keep on travelling free of charge and the physically handicapped can continue enjoying their discount.