Prague, 12 September 2023 – The toll collection from vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 tons is stagnating. In the first 8 months of 2023, carriers paid CZK 9.897 billion in tolls, only CZK 7.5 million more than in the first 8 months of 2022. In August alone, toll revenue fell by 1.15 percent year-on-year to CZK 1.218 billion.
“Considering the development of the economy, this is a good result. Thanks to the flexibility of the satellite toll system, which enables very fast charging of the newly commissioned road infrastructure, the government is able to maintain important revenues for its maintenance and further development, while at the same time fairly charging vehicles that have the greatest impact on its wear,” said Petr Chvátal, CzechToll CEO.
Despite the stagnation this year, toll revenues remain a very important source of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. And in the long run, their importance is growing. Revenues for the first 8 months of this year are at a comparable level to the full-year toll collection in 2016, when the amount pf CZK 9.888 billion in tolls was charged for the whole year.
The decline in toll collection in August is matched by a drop in the number of toll transactions. The electronic toll collection system recorded almost 94 million toll payments, a decrease of less than 2 percent year-on-year.
At the end of August, 805 thousand vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons were registered in the electronic toll system, of which over 629 thousand vehicles had foreign license plate numbers. For these registered vehicles, CzechToll issued 630 thousand units to carriers.