Cars on the road. Illustrative photo.
Prague – Highway stamps in the Czech Republic will become more expensive, Transport Minister Martin Kupka (ODS) said today in the Parti discussion program on CNN Prima News. According to him, it is necessary for further investments. He has not yet presented the new prices of stamps, but he has previously admitted the possibility of an annual increase in price due to inflation. At the same time, the state is preparing the creation of one-day stamps. The date of the increase in the price of stamps and the introduction of a new one-day vignette is not yet clear.
According to the minister, the increase in the price of highway stamps is necessary due to the expanding highway network. Without this, according to him, withdrawals from them would soon begin to decrease. At the same time, the state needs revenues from highway stamps for further investments in transport infrastructure. It is not yet clear how much the stamps will be more expensive, but according to the minister, it must be bearable for drivers. In previous weeks, Kupka admitted the possibility of the so-called Austrian model, which changes the prices of stamps every year by inflation.
At the same time, the ministry is also preparing a new one-day stamp. This would complement the existing annual, monthly and ten-day coupons. The European directive envisages the creation of a one-day stamp throughout the EU. Kupka did not say how much the new stamp will cost and when it will go on sale. According to earlier reports, the real year is 2026.
Highway stamp prices have been the same for over ten years. Annual tickets cost 1,500 crowns, 30-day tickets 440 crowns and 10-day tickets 310 crowns.
Over the past year, around 7.26 million electronic highway stamps were sold in the Czech Republic with a total value of 5.77 billion crowns. The number of stamps sold increased by 26 percent year-on-year from the previous 5.75 million pieces, which were worth 5.19 billion crowns.