PM Fico says government not planning new tolls for private cars

The Slovak government is not considering introducing a road toll for private cars, Prime Minister Robert Fico said after an inspection at the Transport, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry on February 17, the TASR newswire reported.

The Slovak government is not considering introducing a road toll for private cars, Prime Minister Robert Fico said after an inspection at the Transport, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry on February 17, the TASR newswire reported.

The PM also announced that the prices of highway stickers for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes won't be raised either.

“It wouldn't be right to ask for more money from the people until at least the basic highway network is constructed,” said Fico as quoted by TASR, adding that the highway connection between Bratislava and Košice should be completed in 2014.

Originally, however, Fico had promised this route to be ready this year. He attributed the failure to complete the highway to the economic crisis.

At the same time, Fico announced that the electronic road-toll system for trucks will be launched again within the next few days. It was temporarily shelved in January, shortly after its introduction on New Year's Day, following massive protests by truckers who complained about serious flaws in the system. Prior to the re-launch, however, Fico has scheduled a meeting with representatives of truckers on February 22, TASR wrote. TASR

Compiled by Michaela Stanková and Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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