There were no trucks or protesting representatives of the Union of Slovak Motor Carriers at petrol stations on the morning of Monday, January 4, the SITA newswire wrote.
The truckers’ association had announced the start of their information campaign for that morning as part of an initiative designed to back their demands related to the electronic toll collection system for vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons: reduction of excise taxes on motor fuel to the average rate in neighbouring countries; a decrease in road tax as a compensation for the introduction of electronic toll collection; halt of the e-toll system until the map of charged first-category roads is redrafted and fees apply only to selected sections; and marking of all charged sections with information boards.
No representatives of the Union of Slovak Motor Carriers were present at petrol stations previously declared as spots for the campaign. One of the campaign's coordinators, Jozef Minárik, said in a telephone call for SITA that the initiative was to take place at five or more petrol stations in Bratislava and at two filling stations in the surroundings of the capital.
Another campaign coordinator, Jozef Janák, opined that more carriers might be at petrol stations situated in eastern Slovakia. He emphasized that the campaign did not aim to block petrol stations. The two coordinators assume that transport operators could come to the selected petrol stations later today. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Jan 2010 at 14:00