Czech Toll Collections Decline

12. Juli 2007, 14:36

The present rate of toll collections in the Czech Republic stands at 94 per cent or 1 per cent less than required and...

The present rate of toll collections in the Czech Republic stands at 94 per cent or 1 per cent less than required and the Austrian company Kapsch, which built the system, will have to cover the difference, said Petr Moos, chairman of the Transport Ministrys expert group.

Since the start of the year, proceeds from the toll system amounted to CZK 2.7 billion.

However, Kapsch argued that the toll collection did not fall below the 95-per-cent mark.

"Results of the measurement are being analysed at the moment and I am convinced that they will be similar to those in January and February, that means somewhere around 98 per cent," CEO Karel Feix said.

A probable reason for the fall of the percentage of toll collections could be the fact that Kapsch and the toll systems operator Roads and Motorways Directorate (RSD) knew at which toll gates the success rate was measured.

"We believe that it should be up to the controller to decide where to measure. A sudden change led to the success rates lowering," Moos said.

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