In a document drawn up shortly before the road-toll system was launched on January 1, the National Highway Company (NDS) listed several faults with the system that had been revealed in testing, opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) caucus leader Stanislav Janiš said at a press conference on February 9, the TASR newswire reported.
The test run of the system in December wasn’t completed in line with the contract between NDS and the toll provider SkyToll, said Janiš. “NDS didn't release a document on successful conclusion of the preparations for (launching) the toll; rather, it was merely a conditional confirmation,” said Janiš or the TASR. The contract reads that NDS can ask for lowering the payments for SkyToll due to the problems that were revealed in the test run, Janiš added.
SkyToll says it rejects any attempts to politicise the system, reads a statement by the provider that came in response. The NDS disagrees with the claims made by Janiš, NDS general director Igor Choma said at a press conference Tuesday evening. “It must be noted that any doubts about the tests of the toll system that were presented (by Janiš) are untrue,” said Choma, adding that Janiš should read carefully “all documents that have been provided”. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Feb 2010 at 14:00