Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

BUSINESS IN SHORT

Transport info system approved

A NATIONAL System of Transport Information should be set up in the future in Slovakia, after parliament on September 18 approved a Transport Ministry-sponsored bill on intelligent transport systems.

A NATIONAL System of Transport Information should be set up in the future in Slovakia, after parliament on September 18 approved a Transport Ministry-sponsored bill on intelligent transport systems.

The system will be able to collect information on the number of cars, accidents and traffic jams. The information will then be passed on to police, emergency systems and drivers.

The estimated maximum cost for the introduction of the system is €150 million, of which €120 million should come from EU funds and €30 million from the state budget, the TASR newswire reported.

It is, however, premature to speculate when the system will be introduced and what the actual cost will be, Transport Minister Ján Počiatek said, as reported by TASR.

The bill is pursuant to a European directive that provides a framework for the introduction of intelligent transport systems.

Several MPs voiced their concern that the system might be misused for snooping.

Ordinary People and Independent Personalities MP Alojz Hlina recently organised a protest in Bratislava, claiming that the bill paves the way for the introduction of electronic road tolls for passenger cars. The Transport Ministry denies this.

Top stories

Daughter to father: I’m going to kill you

Children are often manipulated against their parents while authorities decide about divorces and custody.

Who will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?

Journalists living in countries where politicians (for now) do not send people to prison for their opinions, who only sigh in relief that they are lucky this story does not concern them, are deeply mistaken.

Protesters in front of the court building.

Camping in a tree? Try it in Bratislava

A creaking wooden floor and the wind swaying the branches of trees around you. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to spend a night in a tree house?

The tree-house at Kačín

Bratislava’s main railway station is getting a face lift

The derelict station still has to wait for its complete rebuild though.

The main railway station in Bratislava.