BUSINESS IN SHORT

Hauliers on strike alert

THE SLOVAK Road Hauliers Association (UNAS), currently on strike alert, convened a meeting of Nitra region road hauliers in Nitra to inform them about UNAS demands concerning new legislation on road transport, which has been in effect since January, the TASR newswire reported on February 9.

THE SLOVAK Road Hauliers Association (UNAS), currently on strike alert, convened a meeting of Nitra region road hauliers in Nitra to inform them about UNAS demands concerning new legislation on road transport, which has been in effect since January, the TASR newswire reported on February 9.

UNAS submitted its demands to the Transport Ministry on February 7. UNAS presidium member Stanislav Skala told TASR that a reply from the ministry is expected by February 20. By then, UNAS plans to discuss its demands with hauliers operating in other Slovak regions.

UNAS wants the legislation to be revisited, and demands a reduction in the number of tolled roads to a percentage closer to that seen in other countries (7.5 percent of roads in Slovakia are subject to tolls, whereas the figure for Germany is 1.9 percent, Austria is 2.1 percent and the Czech Republic is 1.1 percent, for example) and the elimination of charges for driving through villages - a practice unique to Slovakia.

“We also want to lower the extremely high fines and modify them in accordance with European standards and purchasing power in Slovakia,” said Skala, as quoted by TASR. The list of demands has 17 items in total.

UNAS believes the new measures pose a danger to the very existence of small- and medium-sized road hauliers.

“Our hauliers will lose their competitiveness, which will translate into the loss of jobs and other adverse effects,” he added.

The Transport Ministry, however, says that the changes to the toll system are intended to protect the living conditions of people and to direct the trucks onto the roads where they belong, TASR wrote.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Protests will take place, Pellegrini says Fico can sleep well at night

Read the reactions to the published Gorilla recording.

Smer chair Robert Fico

Two nominees for Record of the Year released within a week

Arguably, only a handful of journalists are likely to hear all 39 hours of Gorilla, but the public will no doubt jump at some sequences.

Protests over the Gorilla scandal drew thousands into Slovakia’s squares.

Gorilla recording has been leaked online

The recording is nearly 39 hours long. Penta is ready to submit a criminal complaint.

Slovakia listens to Gorilla

Jaroslav Haščák tried to control the state without voters giving him that power.

Oligarch Jaroslav Haščák owns the Penta financial group.