Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

BUSINESS SHORTS

National Highway Company announces toll tender

THE NATIONAL Highway Company (NDS) is ready to open a tender for the construction and operation of its electronic highway toll collection system for trucks.

The NDS estimates the order will cost Sk20 billion (€600 million) without VAT, the SITA newswire wrote.

NDS has sent an announcement of the start of the public procurement process to the official bulletin of the European Union. The tender will be officially announced after the bulletin publishes it, said Transport, Post Office and Telecommunications Ministry spokesman Marián Jánošík.

The winning company is to have a 14-year contract - building the system within one year and operating it for 13 years, starting in 2009. A contract option will also make it possible to extend the contract by five years.

The NDS plans to shortlist a maximum of five bidders based on a restricted tender procedure.

Five companies have confirmed interest in the tender: SANEF, Siemens, Slovak Telekom, Kapsch, and the ToSy consortium.

Slovakia plans to collect tolls from trucks on 2,435 kilometres of roads, of which nearly 350 kilometres will be motorways. The state expects annual revenues from toll collection to reach Sk4 billion to Sk4.5 billion (€120.7 million to €135.7 million), which will go to NDS coffers. The NDS plans to use the money for road construction and repair.

Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4