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Old January 3rd, 2011, 10:39 PM   #1381
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what is the Austrian toll? I guess it is still higher than czech, otherwise all the transit east-west would go through Austria and not anymore through SK-CZ.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 10:46 PM   #1382
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Austrian truck toll is € 0,32 per km for most common euro type 4.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 12:11 AM   #1383
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Why make things unnecessary complicated by charging more truck toll on friday afternoons?
And still more changes to come... Special category/rate for buses, different toll during rush hour on Těšín - Žilina route and other changes planned to come... Especially toll on all primary and some secondary routes are somewhat planned to be introduced, but notihing sure yet...
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Old January 4th, 2011, 12:35 AM   #1384
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And still more changes to come... Special category/rate for buses, different toll during rush hour on Těšín - Žilina route and other changes planned to come... Especially toll on all primary and some secondary routes are somewhat planned to be introduced, but notihing sure yet...

It is certainly easy matter - not only technically to put toll-gates on more primary and some secondary routes. It would be instrument of the regulation however it is certainly not a profit-making business. The traffic volumes are quite low here...No doubts, it is also about the increasing of the freigh costs with all economic impacts....The fact is that there is interest of local government (of districts, towns due to the added traffic avoiding the tolled sections of the motorways and highways - tolling of those road is proposed as one of the (more) solutions)...

There is a special map (unfortunatelly only in Czech version) showing towns and villages affected by truck-traffic:

http://www.dopravnifederace.cz/mapa

Friday-afternoon-extra-charges....Well, the traffic regulation again - but. At least - as well as in Austria - the toll is paid not only by lorries but by ALL vehicles over 3,5t - it means - first of all - by buses/coaches. And anyway - Friday afternoon are roush hours for them as well...It is not the best way of the enviromental policy.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #1385
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Czech Ministry of transportation made public a first document (green book) that should be after comments worked out as the White book of the czech transportation strategy.

In Czech available here (scroll down to get pdf and zip file with map and comments): http://www.mdcr.cz/cs/Media/Tiskove_...rstrategie.htm

Further should be utilized a multicriteria analysis to get the priority of constructions.

There is intention to use the PPP projects for some parts of the agenda.


The documents very nicely summarizing availabe financial resources of czech transportation policy when no new external financing (e.g. though new debt) would be undergone. The spendings are also analyzed. The strategy assumes that resources from the toll should be invested into the PPP projects. Thus the amount of the PPP spending available is limited by these toll resources. The toll increases by 25 % in 2011 and by another 25 % next year. The mandatory spending (that cannot be avoided + PPP payments (all financed from the toll)) give very little extra room for some other new investment activity. Since these free resources are almost entirelly tighted to the resources from EU, the planning should closely follow priorities of the EU in the transportation infrastructure.

In mld CZK, the red one are the assumed free resources:


The result can be very nicely seen on the following figure. It is the GAP! between the resources needed to finish and operate complete network by 2025 and resources available acording to the worked out strategy, including the PPP. Only around 40 % of what is yet to be build in the Czech network can be build before 2025. Thus around 400 km of motorways in next 15 years.


The most interesting and important of course is the "map" here. This is what the ministry assumes could be constructed till 2025. This map is for the roads and water, for rail is another one. In brackets are the possible finishing dates for given sections. Colour gives the time frame, or PPP in case of blue.



I dont know how much of the plans will come out true, especially the PPP orientation could prove very hard to achieve in my eyes. But, this is really some first document that I saw and could see the financial budget plan for next 10 years in one document, together with reasoning for it and possible implications of such an outline. In the past there was just a goal = map, now there could be some strategy how to make this goal happen.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #1386
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How is the income from truck tolls distributed? Germany made a very good move directing all revenue from truck toll to road projects and operational costs of the system instead of a mix to other directions like water, rail and general government revenue. If you pay toll, you want to see some improvement for what you're paying for.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #1387
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There is no way that the toll would generate revenue higher than are the operational or maintanance costs of the road network. However I dont know about some strict rules for the directing of the revenues so far. There is State fond of Transport infrastructure and it works sort of as a bank. But I guess there might be some internal common sence rules...

More than 40 % of the truck toll so far goes back to the operator - Kapsch. Dont know if this ratio will change in the future, but I would expect it, if only because the absolute values of the toll rises. This situation is due to the corruption at the segment in the last decade. Normal would much less than 10 %.

the data are in the zip file, however czech only. I picked up something and simplified.

For 2011:

revenue
toll trucks, cars, alll: 6,9 mld CZK
road tax: 5,6 mld CZK
=12,5 mld CZK

costs
cost of the toll, + telematics: 3,07 mld CZK
maintenance + reconstruction D+R+I: 8,4 mld CZK
= 11,47 mld CZK
+ Directorate of roads and motorways overhead costs: 1,14 mld CZK
12,61 mld CZK


There are of course also other revenues and costs, just to give an idea about the use of the direct road taxation or tolling. It barely covers for the maintenance of the roads and systems on them. There is no investment possible into the roads from the toll or tax, let alone to other sectors of the transportation.

The other incomes are from the Gov. budget around 10,90 mld CZK and consumption tax 7,6 mld CZK, EU - commision 18 mld CZK and EIB 10,22 mld CZK (this is I guess a loan). Then there is the toll from the railways 4,90 mld CZK and some other smaller ones.

These are then covering for maintanance of the railway (6 mld) and for new investments into both: around 24 mld roads and 14 railways.


THe plan is to start PPP projects (for some of the investments and the reconstruction of Brno - Prague D1) and for the financing of the PPP payments use only money available from the toll, not more.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:04 PM   #1388
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The operating cost of the Czech electronic truck toll is definitely too high. It should be around 10% indeed.

The road vignette (or truck toll for that matter) are only a small part of automobility revenue. Much more important are purchase taxes on motor vehicles and excise duty on motor fuels. In the Netherlands, this section accounts for approximately 80% of all government automobility-related revenue, but it has to be noted both are higher than compared to other countries.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:35 PM   #1389
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There is no "additional" tax on the road veheicles in CZ besides VAT, at least if I am well informed.

Sure the consumption tax on gas, etc is much more than the 10 mld CZK coming back from the Gov. budget into the roads and railways.


I would say that this has to mainly do with much more progressive taxation in the Netherlands compared with the CZ. A car is seen as something luxurious in NL, even if almost everyone has it, therefore the excise tax. The second side to it, that at the same time it is almost necessary to have a car for everyone in NL, so it creates easy target. Was the excise tax on car purchase there allways?

The per km taxing was not possible 10 years ago and I think that in the future it will emerge overall.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 02:44 AM   #1390
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This map does not look too optimistic... especially I'm suprised about Prague's Ring
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Old January 21st, 2011, 08:01 AM   #1391
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yes, it looks realistic .
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:42 PM   #1392
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Revenue from consumption tax from fuels in 2010 was 81,4 bln CZK.
That means it accounts for more than 80% of total automobile revenue in CZ.
But according to Surel's information 18.5 bln CZK came back from the Gov. budget via two separate channels. That is only 22% of the consumption tax revenue. (only 10% of consumption tax revenue is send back to transport budget by law, the rest is a Gov. donation and can be changed by the gov't every year)
No wonder so many highways are missing and the existing roads and railways are in such a bad condition.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 07:19 PM   #1393
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Blanka tunnel breakthrough in Prague
The final blast took place on 13.01.2011 in the north tube of the Blanka tunnel between Letna and Troja. The tunnel passes under the junction of Korunní and Jana Zajíce streets in Prague. The south tunnel tube has 200 m to go and should break through in February. Work will then shift to the side-tunnels, which will provide ventilation.
The Blanka tunnel complex forms the north-western section of the City Circle Road and is currently the largest underground construction project in the Czech Republic. The total length of new road section is 6.382 km, of which 5.5 km is in tunnel. Construction of all tunnels is being carried out by Czech contractor Metrostav a.s.
The section comprises three tunnels sections between the Malovanka grade-separated intersection at the northern portal of the Strahov tunnel and the Troja intersection at the new Troja bridge across the Vltava. These are the 1.4 km Brusnice tunnel with 550 m of mined tunnels and the rest in cut/cover; the 1 km cut/cover Dejvice tunnel under Milady Horakove Street, completed in 2010; the 3.09 km Kralovska Obora tunnel with 2,230 m of mined tunnel and the rest in cut/cover. The latter has a ventilation plant cavern with excavated cross-section of 286 sq m and a complicated system connecting the ventilation tunnel to the main tunnels.
Blanka tunnel has suffered three collapses during its construction and a shortage of funds, and opening has been delayed until 2014. For more click cz/22 and visit http://www.tunelblanka.cz/ and www.metrostav.cz. 05/11.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 11:44 PM   #1394
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Interesting map application by the Roads and Motorways Directorate.
http://geoportal.jsdi.cz/geoportal_RSDCR/default.aspx

It is a beta version and data as of 07. 2010, dont know if it brings that much value added compared to normal online maps, however promisess something to the future. E.g. the densities.
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Old February 7th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #1395
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Short video with some pictures from Pragues inner city ring Blanka tunnel, which btw was now announced to cost 300 mil euro more, thus 1,4 bil euro totall. And which is not to be opened in the end of this year as at first planned, but perhaps in 2013 or later horizon.



http://video.ihned.cz/c1-49870290-sa...ho-neprojedete
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Old February 8th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #1396
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Big Dig II?
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Old February 8th, 2011, 08:40 PM   #1397
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No, not really, there it would have to be by one null bigger number, but the costs of the whole inner ring (with the easter sections) might come close to it in the future.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 04:45 PM   #1398
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I´ve heard in hungarian medias that there was a terrible accident on R46 (I think) ,where 6 people were killed. They were all foreign citizens, someone from Panama too
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:23 PM   #1399
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I´ve heard in hungarian medias that there was a terrible accident on R46 (I think) ,where 6 people were killed. They were all foreign citizens, someone from Panama too
Well, it was rather international accident.

In the media is said that the driver of BMW was czech women from Ukraine, her partner was a german guy. In the Skoda Felicia was Czech - Panama (both nationalities) family. 6 people dead.


The accident was that the BMW went over the middle crash barriers into the opposite direction on the expressway and head crashed into the Skoda Felicia. The paramedics were there with helicopter but couldnt keep alive even one person that showed signs of life. It is the most tragic road accident in a year I think. Last year 5 people died somewhere after head on crash (in one car drugged, in the other under alcohol influence).

It is not yet clear how could the BMW get around 75 cm high guard rail and jump into the opposite direction. Picture shows how the cars ended:


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Old February 10th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #1400
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Can anyone tell me if the roadworks that were on road nr 52 south of Brno near Modřice
have been finished? If not, am I likely to encounter a traffic jam on Friday around midday and if so, isn't it better to take this route?
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