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Until the end of 2009 toll payments only applied to trucks weighing over 12 tons. This changed from 1st January 2010 and the duty of paying a toll now applies to all vehicles which have a greatest permitted weight exceeding 3.5 tons entered their registration certificate. Other conditions apply for passenger vehicles.


Vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons

 Toll payment applies to motorways, dual carriageways and identified sections of class 1 roads. A network of tollgates is intended to monitor and calculate toll fees. These gates are always located at the entrances and exits to identified sections.

All vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons must be fitted with a PREMID electronic onboard unit, which contains all the registration data together with key information about the vehicle. This unit records all movement along tolled sections of motorway and road. The price per driven kilometre differs according to the class of road, the length of the section, the number of axels and the vehicle’s emission class. An increased fee for driving on Friday afternoon during the period from 3 to 9 p.m. Central European Time was introduced from 1st February 2010.

Method of payment

The system for paying toll fees depends on whether payment will be made by invoice, i.e. retroactively after the distance has been driven, or in advance by means of pre-paid services. The onboard unit is available for purchase at 250 sales points. The driver must present the required documents necessary for driving the vehicle.

The price per kilometre depends on the road class: Road Class I, Motorway and skyways are distinguished, as well as the number of axles. Beginning from 1 January 2011, the toll was increased. One of the reasons was the effort of the Ministry of Transportation to shift cargo transport from roads onto railroads. Therefore, the Ministry will offer carriers reduced rates derived from the extent of use of railroad transportation. At present, the toll varies from CZK 1.67 to CZK 6.63 per kilometre. On Friday, the toll amounts from CZK 2.12 to CZK 9.45 per kilometre. To calculate the toll, you can use an on-line calculator.

Comprehensive information can be found at www.mytocz.cz orwww.premid.cz. For support, you can call (free of charge) 800 698 629 (800 MYTOCZ).

Passenger vehicles

The rules for toll payments in passenger vehicles are different. Vignettes are sold to allow access to motorways and skyways. They are valid for 10 days up to one year. In 2011, drivers pay CZK 1,200 per year or CZK 350 per month, CZK 250 per ten days, respectively. Vignettes are available at petrol stations or at post -offices anywhere in the Czech Republic. The yearly vignette for the year 2011 is valid from 1 December 2010 and ends on 31 January 2012. 
Author: Aleš Martínek a Ivana Jenerálová
Source: mytocz.cz, premid.cz
Added: 20.05.2010

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