This week in business, the rankings of the Top 100 firms in the Czech Republic see little change, while motorists can expect big changes thanks to new legislation on lorries. Construction has slowed in the Czech Republic, but is this a systemic problem and is Google planning to open an office in Prague.
Skoda Auto still most admired firm in Czech Republic
Lorries to travel on Sundays
Thanks to changes in the traffic code, lorries will have more time on the roads. The new traffic code set to take effect soon will allow to travel all day Sunday, something that had been banned up to now for all lorries except those carrying goods that can spoil. Also, lorries will also be able to be on the roads on Friday afternoons during the summer holidays, also something that had been banned up to now. At the same time, fines and penalties for lorries that disobey the regulations have been lowered, something that is sure to displease a large number of motorists.
New fines on the road
Also displeasing to motorists will be new regulations that set fines of up to half a million crowns, or about 25,000 dollars, for driving on Czech highways without buying a highway stamp. Even forgetting to remove an old stamp will be punishable by a 100,000 crown fine. The new regulation takes effect next year.
Construction drops 8.2 percent
Google may open Prague office
Finally this week, the internet magazine Zive.cz has reported that search engine giant Google is planning to open an office in Prague an suggests that the company could be planning to open a research and development centre in the Czech capital. The server reports that the firm has advertised a position of head of development to be based in Prague and unofficial sources say that Google recruitment specialists have been active in Prague recently.