Trucks and buses will not pay the new electronic road toll unless vehicles use the entire length of a first-category road toll section, Prime Minister Robert Fico announced at a news conference on Thursday, January 28, following his meeting with representatives of some truckers' associations, the National Highway Company and the toll-scheme operator SkyToll.
Fico said he disagreed with the strike announced by the Union of Slovak Road Transporters (UNAS) for February 1. The initiative will last for an indefinite period of time. The cabinet did everything it was supposed to, Fico said. No one can politically abuse e-toll collection introduced in Slovakia, he said, adding that if truckers do not want to pay the toll they could use all legal means to protest.
Representatives of UNAS were again not present at the talks with Fico. Fico's spokesperson Silvia Glendová told the SITA newswire that the reason for this was that the Union had not yet been officially registered. The invited entities included representatives of the Association of Road Transport Operators ČESMAD Slovakia, the National Highway Company, and SkyToll. UNAS representative Jaroslav Polaček handed over a letter addressed to the prime minister at the Cabinet Office on Thursday morning. In it, UNAS truckers informed Fico that they intend to go on strike alert to protect their existential economic and social interests. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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28. Jan 2010 at 14:00