Austrian Kapsch Stopped Toll System Construction

11. Oktober 2006, 00:00

Czech Transport Minister Ales Rebicek signed an order halting the construction of the electronic road toll system...

Czech Transport Minister Ales Rebicek signed an order halting the construction of the electronic road toll system developed by Austrian company Kapsch, ministrys spokeswoman Marcela Zizkova said.

Earlier this week, the regional court in Brno issued a preliminary verdict ordering Kapsch to stop the construction.

It is a temporary ban until the court takes a final decision on the case. This could happen on October 17 at the earliest.

According to Zizkova, the court is dealing with the decisions of the Czech anti-trust office UOHS and not with the ministrys procedure to pick a contractor for the system.

There was an open tender for the road toll system and in March UOHS confirmed that Kapsch is the winner thus enabling the ministry to sign a contract with the company. Kapsch offered the third-lowest price for building and maintaining the system.

Later another bidder in the tender, Italian company Autostrade, which failed to participate because of formal shortcomings, filed an appeal against UOHS decision.

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