Prague, June 10, 2021 – In contrast with the decrease of the economy in 2020, the May toll collection brought a year-on-year growth of almost 42%. This is the second highest toll collection since the beginning of this year. The fact that the traditional May holidays did not fall on working days also contributed to the good results, so drivers were able to take full advantage of 21 working days.
In May, carriers paid almost 1.064 billion Czech crowns for using motorways, and less than 143 million crowns for using selected 1st category roads. The year-on-year comparison also increased the number of toll transactions on toll roads, by 23%. The growth of selected tolls is thus partly due to a change in the structure of toll rates at the beginning of this year.
From January to May, the government collected more than 5.8 billion Czech crowns in tolls for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tons. During the first five months of the year, the collection exceeded the amount of toll collected for the whole of 2007, when the first generation of the microwave toll system was launched. While in 2007 the system was launched on 900 kilometres of roads, today it is operated on 1 332.1 kilometres of motorways and 1 087.2 kilometres of 1st category roads. The collected tolls go to the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure, where it becomes an important source for the implementation of key transport investments.
At the end of May, over 585,000 vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes were registered in the electronic toll system. Of these, 159,000 vehicles have domestic license plate numbers. The number of on-board units issued to carriers is close to 493 thousand.