Prague, 24 January 2023 – For the whole year 2022 carriers paid 14.85 billion Czech crowns more for using toll roads, or 4.6 percent more than in 2021. The total costs for the operation and development of the system remained below the threshold of 1 billion crowns, i.e. in relation to revenues they did not exceed the threshold of 7 percent, just like last year. This ranks the electronic toll system in the Czech Republic among the most efficient in global comparison.
Of the total collection, 13.22 billion Czech crowns came from motorways, while CzechToll prescribed tolls in the amount of 1.62 billion crowns on 1st category roads. On 373 kilometres of 1st category roads that were most recently charged as of 1 July 2022, the amount of 120 million crowns was collected in tolls in the course of six months.
Over one half (51.5 percent) of the total tolls collected in 2022 was paid by foreign carriers. It was approximately the same share as in 2021. Along with the collection of tolls, the amount of discounts paid to domestic carriers grew as well – the bulk discounts totalling 399 million crowns were paid for tolls applied in 2021 in the end of 2022 . At the end of 2021 (for 2020) it was 261 million Czech crowns.
“The electronic toll system works highly efficiently, both in terms of costs and securing revenues for the further development of transport infrastructure in the Czech Republic. At a low cost, the toll network was extended by 373 kilometres of 1st category roads in the midyear, but also by several newly commissioned roads and bypasses of municipalities essentially immediately after their commissioning. Just as in 2021, CzechToll was able to meet the defined parameters of service quality and efficiency of toll collection in every month with an extra margin, which are controlled by the state-owned company Cendis,” said Petr Chvátal, CzechToll CEO.
December itself was the only month in 2022 in which toll collection decreased year-on-year. In total, carriers paid 1.05 billion Czech crowns (year-on-year decrease of 3 percent). However, one of the reasons may be the fact that in 2022 the month of December had one working day less than in 2021.
By the end of 2022, more than 743,000 vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons were registered in the electronic toll system, by 100,000 vehicles more than by the end of 2021. Over 173 thousand vehicles had domestic license plate numbers, the remaining 570 thousand vehicles came from abroad. The number of on-board units issued to carriers surpassed 596 thousand.