Transport Minister Martin Kupka believes that the new office will help limit the long-term damage to Czech highways by overloaded trucks.
It is supposed to be the Road Inspection of the Czech Republic, and the organization with this name, according to his ideas, should be created from January 2025 from the Center for Road Transport Services, which is a state-subsidized organization that falls under Kupka’s department.
“What is important is that they will measure everyone with the same yardstick, both domestic carriers and foreign ones. We also have the support of Česmad in this,” Kupka identified as the key principle of the new institution’s work in the Czech TV discussion program Otázky Václav Moravec. He also noted that Poland also has its own road inspection.
He promised that not a single new person will be added and it will not mean more money from the state budget, but the patrols on the highways, who already work together with the police during inspections, will have more competences. And it will be possible to punish sinners on the spot. “Today, the situation is that the police often have to go to some emergency event, and our people have to stop with that control,” the minister added.
Today, there are six scales available on highways to check the weight of trucks, according to Kupka, there should be 13 by the end of next year.
The figures so far show that about a third of the inspected vehicles are overloaded. In the second half of last year, it was 2,526 out of 10,752 inspected vehicles, in the first half of this year it was 2,744 out of 8,381 inspected trucks.
The idea of a special inspection was also “in principle” supported by the former Minister of Transport for ANO and current shadow Prime Minister Karel Havlíček during the televised debate.