The State Fund for Transport Infrastructure (SFDI) along with the Ministry of Transport and state enterprise CENDIS prepared instructions on how to proceed in cases when drivers accidentally purchased an e-vignette for a non-existing number plate. People will have the option to request a refund for such payment.
The Ministry of Transport publishes preliminary transport statistics for 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we can see a visible drop in passenger transport. Number of passengers in rail transport decreased by 30%, in bus transport by 35% and in air transport by 84%. The Ministry will publish final data in an annual report this June.
Representatives from the Czech Ministry of Transport and the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure agreed on the most optimal route of water corridor, which will help to make Oder river navigable all the way to the Czech Republic. The water route, which will flow west of Bohumín in the section of Czech/Polish border – Koźle, is the shortest option in the Czech Republic, strictly avoiding precious meanders and providing Bohumín with better development conditions and flood protection.
The Government Council for National Road Safety supported a change of penalty-point system and an increase of sanctions for the most serious road offences in a government amendment to Road Traffic Act. The Council also gave its consent on an amendment to Act on Police and Customs, which should allow the police to withhold a vehicle’s licence plate if the driver had an unpaid fine and refused to pay the debt.
By the end of 2020, more than 8 million motor vehicles were registered in the Czech Central Register of Vehicles (CRV), out of which 75% accounted for passenger cars (M1 category). Although diesel or petrol fuel cars prevail, thanks to the current trends and state aid electric vehicles are on the rise (ca. 10,000), accompanying the predominant gas powered cars (over 126,000) in the alternative fuels category. We noticed a large increase in registration of electric passenger cars after the market with conventional vehicles decreased last year.
The validity of roadworthiness checks is extended by 10 months from the original validity in the entire EU. The Regulation applies to checks, which expired or would have expire between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021. Checks, which expired between 1 February and 31 August 2020 were previously extended by 7 months. It is not possible to extend the validity of roadworthiness check that has already been extended.