Chovanec makes clear he will not back proposal by transport minister

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has warned that the country could lose eight billion crowns in tolls for lorries next year, slamming the Transport Ministry on Monday for not resolving the situation around toll operator Kapsch. The Austrian firm’s contract runs out this year; the ministry was to have a run a tender on choosing a new firm but Transport Minister Dan Ťok is proposing the firm’s contract be prolonged without a tender for three years. The interior minister has made clear he will not back the transport minister’s plan, regarding the proposed steps taken as highly problematic and will seek an explanation. The lorry toll has been collected in the Czech Republic since 2007 on more than 1,400 kilometres of motorways and expressways.

Author: Jan Velinger