We are off on our long summer trip in July part of which will involve Poland and the Czech Republic. As Geoff says both need OBU (On Board Units).
I have spent some time planning/plotting routes so that I can collect one on entry to Poland - return it when leaving - collect one for the CR - return that upon leaving. Not all roads have points where you can get them so you will need to visit their websites.
I plotted roads and then checked these with the respective websites and had to amend my plans slightly. As its all new to us that isn't a bother.
On the days where we have to collect the OBU's I have planned shorter driving days in case of bureaucracy!
A few things worth mentioning
1) Both the Polish and Czech authorities have been really great when I have emailed them for help/clarification. Their English is first class as well so don't be put off doing that.
2) I haven't been able to establish whether one can drop off one box and collect the other at the same place. When I leave Poland and head into the CR it would be great if we could do this (joined up thinking
) but I suspect I shall have to drop off the Polish one first and then stop again a few miles down the road to pick up the other.
3) Whilst you can preregister on line to speed things up, neither countries will allow you to pay upfront and post the boxes to you...which is a shame.
4) They both operate a pre pay and post pay system. The prepay looks to be most suitable for us temporary travellers; the post pay seemingly aimed more at hauliers...they want bank details and bank guarantees etc.
I was in two minds the other day to cancel the Polish and CR legs of the trip and spend the 2 weeks staying longer in Germany tbh but decided the experiences(s) would be worth it...at least once
Not having visited either country I want the boxes as I don't want any roads being barred from use especially as I have read/heard that some roads conditions can be a bit iffy when off the beaten track