The Ministry of Transport and railway trade unions agreed to adjust the overhead fare4/12/2017|Press releasesWhat helped achieve "social peace" on the railway was the agreement defining the overhead fare for 2018 and 2019. The terms of this agreement were signed today by the Ministry of Transport and the representatives of railway trade unions. The cost of a standard overhead ticket will rise from CZK 1000 to CZK 1100 starting next year. The state will not determine the benefits in commercial trains. They will however be provided in the form of employee benefits directly by Czech Railways and the Railway Infrastructure Administration. The memorandum for 2018 and 2019 will ensure overhead fare to the railway people and all groups eligible for it. "I am happy that we have reached an agreement that is important for the social reconciliation on the railways. The negotiations were complicated, but we found a solution that all parties can agree with. As far as pricing is concerned, we confirmed our commitment by adjusting the tariff. It is already signed and the validity will start from January 1. The overhead fares are set for the next two years," said the Deputy Minister of Transport Tomáš Čoček. The holders of the overhead fare currently pay for the annual ticket valid in the Czech Railways network CZK 1000. From the next year on, this rises to CZK 1100 and the price for overhead tickets for former railway employees and employees' children will also be one hundred crowns more. These now pay CZK 600 for the annual ticket. The price of annual overhead tickets will be increased for other family members rises from CZK 1000 to CZK 1250. Besides Czech Railways and Rail Infrastructure Administration employees, employees of the Railway Authority are also entitled to overhead benefits. Trains on rail lines where the state does not contribute to the operation will be exempt from the tariff imposed by the state. Both Czech Railways and the Railway Infrastructure Administration will still provide overhead fares as an employee benefit in corresponding scope. The agreement will also ensure that Czech Railways are not discriminated in future competitions for state-subsidised express train lines. Like commercial lines, these lines will be exempt from the tariff imposed by the state. This means that Czech Railways will not be burdened in competitions by the requirement saying that they must grant the discount stipulated by the state to an entire group of passengers, while other carriers do not have such a duty. It will be possible to announce competitions under fair terms.