According to preliminary information, 103 people died in road accidents in the Czech Republic between January and March 2020, i.e. 15 more year-on-year. After three years in which no more than 88 people were killed in the first quarter, this is almost the same number as four years ago (106). Accidents in which the driver drove at an excessive speed, did not pay attention to driving, went over to the opposite direction or knocked down a pedestrian at the pedestrian crossing significantly contributed to the increase in the number of victims.
Today, the government approved a series of measures to support the transport sector, which is also affected by measures introduced in connection with the spread of COVID-19 in Europe. The payments of toll and road tax will be postponed for truck transportation companies. Investment in traffic infrastructure will be strengthened and commuters travelling between the Czech Republic and Slovakia or Poland should also be helped.
The first Airbus A319 of the Smartwings Group arrived in Prague after midnight with another delivery of necessary medical supplies from Shanghai, China. Boeing B737-900 is scheduled to arrive 24 hours later. The air bridge between the Czech Republic and China is jointly organized by the Ministries of Interior, Health and Transport.
The delivery of face masks will be taken by firefighters from Prague to a warehouse in Pardubice.
Thirty important traffic construction projects are delayed due to ecological and other associations. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček will negotiate with them again with the aim of completing these constructions. In addition, the Minister will promote the Line Act in the Chamber of Deputies to speed up the construction. It is one of the priorities of the resort.
The Ministry of Transport invited three participants of the competitive dialogue to submit their bids for the project of construction and operation of the 32-kilometer D4 motorway in the PPP régime. This is a follow-up step to the four rounds of competitive dialogue that took place between April 2019 and January 2020. The completion of the motorway is expected to start at the end of year 2020, beginning of 2021, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.
Among motorways in the Czech Republic, the D11 motorway is under construction to the largest extent. Currently, 22.4 kilometres are being built between Hradec Králové, Smiřice and Jaroměř. The next section of the motorway is expected to be opened to drivers in December 2021, the entire motorway to Poland should be completed by 2026. The Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said this when he was visiting the Hradec Králové Region with the Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček.