Bill on freeway tolls passes first hurdle

The Slovak cabinet approved a draft bill on electronic toll collection on certain roads on February 22.

"Tolls should be collected on all freeways. We do not plan to introduce tolls on highways, only to regulate the entry of heavy trucks onto these roads," Transport Minister Pavol Prokopovič said after the cabinet session.

During the first phase, only motor vehicles weighing above 3.5 tons will be obliged to pay tolls.

"In theory the toll system could be launched next year. The timing depends on when parliament adopts the legislation and how the next government proceeds," Prokopovič said.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Security Council will meet to discuss nationwide testing

Overview of news from Monday, October 19, 2020.

PM Igor Matovič announcing some details about nationwide testing on October 18.

PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.

Matovič keeps falling. The effect of the dispute with its coalition partner is hard to guess

The senior coalition party was defeated by ex-PM Pellegrini’s movement, the Focus poll shows.

PM Igor Matovič

UPDATED: Nationwide testing will be secured by the army

Foreigners living in Slovakia will be able to get tested too.

Illustrative stock photo