I have been in contact withe the Czech Tourist Office asking about tolls. They sent me the following information which seems to answer my questions and covers tolls and more.
Note that tolls apply to motorways only.
The Czech Republic operates a similar motorway tax system to Austria. A sticker (vignette) must be displayed on motorhomers or campervans with a MAM up to 3500kg, trailers are not taxed. Vignettes valid for 10 days, one month or one year can be purchased at borders, fuel stations and post offices. Motorhomes or campervans weighing over 3500kg will be monitored by an electronic premid toll box. Visitors will have to load credit onto the premid unit. Charges are variable depending on the number of axles and the emissions category of the engine and day of the week, more information is at www.premid.cz
Fees and toll
Passenger cars must have a sticker on the windscreen to use the motorways (the so-called motorway vignette), which is proof of payment of the fee for use of motorways. The motorway vignette can be purchased at any filling station. Prices for vehicles up to 3.5t are as follows:
annual vignette – CZK 1,500
monthly vignette – CZK 440
10-day vignette – CZK 310.
Vehicles over 3.5t in weight are subject to payment of electronic toll fees and must acquire a special on-board unit. More information can be found at www.premid.cz
The rule applies in the Czech Republic that if you estimate the costs for damage to the vehicles involved including transportation fees at less than CZK 100,000 (and if the participants agree on who caused the accident), you do not need to call the police. You are however obliged to draw up a record of the traffic accident on a special form (the standard European Accident Statement form – your insurance company will provide you with this). Both parties involved in the accident must then report the accident to their insurance company.
If the damage is greater or if any injury or damage occurs to the property of a third party (or for example to crash barriers etc.), you must always call the police. You are obliged to provide essential aid to injured parties and to mark the location of the accident.
There are almost 900 filling stations for LPG in the Czech Republic and less than 30 stations with CNG.
Moving around the city
Large cities have carefully designed tram, bus, trolleybus or metro routes in terms of the local public transport company. You can regularly purchase individual tickets for individual journeys, but if you are staying for longer, be sure to buy the more advantageous day tickets, two-day tickets or week tickets etc.
You will avoid needless problems in the metro, tram or bus if you have purchased a ticket and stamped it. In the case of the metro, you stamp the ticket when entering by inserting it into the stamping machine. In other means of public transport, these machines are located throughout the whole vehicle.
You can use taxi services all over the country, but it is better to use the services of larger renowned companies and before setting off, ask for a rough final price.
Campsites, Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has over 560 campsites, a downloadable and searchable campsite guide is available at http://www.camp.cz/en/
. There are no Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking is illegal.
Driving your motorhome or campervan in the Czech Republic
Dipped headlights are compulsory during daylight hours and on the spot fines can be issued for non-compliance of this and other traffic offences.
Vehicle related accidents must be reported to the police in the following circumstances: Any person is injured or killed. When the visible damage has a greater value than CZK 100,000. If third party property or street furniture is damaged, or the road is obstructed. In any of these situations, obtain a copy of the police report, as it may be required at the border when you leave the country. Upon entry into the Czech Republic, notify Border officials of any visible damage to the exterior of your vehicle to. If your vehicle is involved in an accident and the visible damage has a lower value than CZK 100,000 and the participants can agree who is responsible, the accident must be recorded on a European Accident Statement. This statement is used to report the accident to the insurance companies.
Basic traffic regulations
vehicles must drive on the right,
seatbelts must be worn when driving,
lights must be switched on all year round,
children (under 150 cm in height) must be strapped into a car seat and may not sit in the front passenger seat,
speed limit: motorway/out of town/in town – 130/90/50 km/h,
pedestrians on a crossing always have right of way,
drivers must be over the age of 18,
it is forbidden to hold a mobile telephone while driving, telephoning is only possible with a hands-free set,
the level of alcohol permitted in the blood is zero per ml. Anything above this is considered violation of the law.
driving licence (European or international),
ID card (EU) or passport,
vehicle documents (small certificate of roadworthiness, third party insurance and a green card).
With kind regards,
Tourist Information Centre Manager
ÄŚCCR – CzechTourism
Vinohradská 46, 120 41 Praha 2
Tel.: + 420 221 580 611
GSM: + 420 777 702 755
E-mail: [email protected]