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MYTO CZ – Czech Republic

The latest version of the road toll system operating in the Czech Republic was introduced in 2007. The system, named “Myto CZ”, covers motorways and selected national trunk roads. Toll rates depend on the travelled distance expressed in kilometres, a number of vehicle’s axles and an Euro emission class of the vehicle.

How does the system work?

Myto CZ is a system based on the DSRC (microwave) technology. Tolls are calculated automatically by an on-board unit called Premid. Toll collection stations located along toll roads are equipped with aerials which communicate with on-board units. Each time a toll charge is paid, the driver hears a special sound from the device. 

Premid units can be obtained from:

  • distribution points,
  • contact points.

Regardless of where an OBU is collected, a refundable security deposit of CZK 1,500 (approx. EUR 54) per device applies. The deposit is returned upon the delivery of an undamaged device.

Note: Vehicles with metal-coated windscreens must be equipped with the Premid Plus on-board unit with an external aerial.

Distribution and contact points

At Premid distribution points drivers and haulage companies may obtain travel information and support. Distribution points can be found:

  • along or close to toll roads; or
  • at selected border crossings.

At distribution points customers may, among other things:

  • register in the toll collection system,
  • rent a Premid unit,
  • conclude a contract, but only in the pre-paid mode.

On the other hand, Premid contact points are usually located in regional capitals across the Czech Republic. They provide services mainly to haulage companies. At contract points hauliers may receive and register Premid on-board units of both types – pre-paid and post-paid.

At distribution and contact points alike, customers can

  • obtain information materials in all languages of the European Union,
  • pay overdue tolls,
  • receive a history of toll payments for the last month in the form of a financial document,
  • report a technical problem with a Premid device, its theft or loss,
  • pay the deposit and collect Premid on-board units, exchange or return them together with a deposit reimbursement application.

The list of contact points can be found here, and the list of distribution points is available here.

Myto CZ hotline

Apart from contact and distribution points, hauliers are supported by a free hotline, which is available 7 days a week at

  • 800 698 629 (800 MYTO CZ)

or at a paid, but internationally accessible number

  • +420 272 698 629 (+420 272 MYTO CZ).

Support is provided around the clock in the following languages:

  • Czech,
  • Slovak,
  • English,
  • German,
  • Russian.

Monday to Friday, between 6 am and 10 pm the hotline also provides support in Polish, Hungarian and Spanish.

Hotline consultants assist callers in the following areas:

  • general information,
  • initial registration in the electronic toll collection system,
  • issuance of a copy or processing requests for issuing a breakdown of road toll transactions,
  • explanations regarding toll payments and billing,
  • corrections of errors in billing,
  • reports of technical defects, a loss or theft of Premid on-board units,
  • complaints or suggestions about the electronic toll collection system.

Which vehicles have to pay toll charges?

The Czech toll road system applies to all vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes of weight (previously 12 tonnes).

Which roads are toll roads?

A map of toll roads in the Czech Republic can be found here.

Vehicle classification

Toll rates depend on the travelled distance expressed in kilometres, a number of vehicle’s axles and an Euro emission class of the vehicle. Tolls are charged based on a class of a vehicle, which is established by a vehicle’s weight:

  • vehicle category: over 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes
  • vehicle category: 7.5 to 12 tonnes
  • vehicle category: over 12 tonnes

Who enforces payments and how?

Myto CZ control system operates around the clock. Enforcement devices are deployed on the toll road network to check toll payments and automatically identify all vehicles for which any toll amounts have been incorrectly calculated.

If any discrepancy is identified, the information is forwarded to the enforcement centre, including an automatically taken picture of the vehicle in question. If a tolling offence is confirmed as actually committed, it will be communicated to mobile enforcement units.

Mobile enforcement is performed by employees of the General Directorate of Customs of the Czech Republic. They have the power to:

  • stop a vehicle,
  • investigate a discrepancy.

If a tolling offence is identified, a mobile enforcement unit is authorised to:

  • impose a fine,
  • instigate administrative proceedings, or
  • impound a vehicle.

There is no expiration or limitation period for records on tolling offences or discrepancies. Personnel of mobile enforcement units have unlimited access to the records and a vehicle may be stopped even a long time after the original discrepancy emerged.

Apart from mobile enforcement units and stationary gantries, the system also operates portable devices that can be used for ad-hoc inspections on various sections of a road.

How to pay?

Toll payments for travelling on Czech roads are either pre-paid or charged in a post-paid mode. The average toll rate is 14 cents per kilometre.

Please note: in the Czech Republic, road tolls are not VAT taxable. 

Registration

Before selecting a mode of toll payments, customers have to register the vehicle and sign a contract with the toll road operator. Registration procedure differs depending on whether the payments are to be made in the pre-paid or post-paid mode.

For the post-paid method, the registration process includes the following steps:

  • initial registration on the operator’s website,
  • completion of a contract template (without signature) in two copies, together with obligatory appendices,
  • a visit at a contact point with relevant documents which will be used to verify the information given in the contract template,
  • signature of the contract, in two copies on-site.

Documents required to be presented during the application process (in one copy):

  • an original or a certified copy of the current extract from the commercial register (the company’s registration certificate) issued within the last three months,
  • a power of attorney, if the contract is to be signed by a person other than the company’s or vehicle’s owner,
  • a bank guarantee document, for the post-paid mode (if tolls are to be paid against an invoice, by a bank transfer or a direct debit from a bank account),
  • copies of the vehicle(s) registration documents (a non-certified photocopy is sufficient).

For the pre-paid method, the registration process includes the following steps:

  • filing a completed and signed contract template at a distribution or contact point,
  • an applicant should document the authenticity of the submitted information by presenting an ID (a personal identity document, driver’s license or passport) and the vehicle registration document.

All forms required in the pre-paid and post-paid registration processes can be obtained here.

Pre-paid method

In this mode, tolls are paid by charging a Premid on-board unit. The payment can be made at Premid distribution and contact points. OBUs may be charged by a payment in cash, by a payment card or with selected fuel cards. The amount credited will be consumed during the travel on toll roads.

The minimum and maximum charging amount is, respectively, CZK 500 (ca. EUR 15) and CZK 15,000 (ca. EUR 500).

In deciding how much to pay, a driver must remember that if the account balance falls below CZK 600, the device will trigger a sound alarm upon driving through a toll station to indicate the need to re-charge the balance.

Post-paid method

Post-paid payments are deferred payments calculated on the basis of the actual distance travelled on toll roads. The post-payment mode may only be used after executing an agreement between the vehicle’s user and the operator of the toll collection system. This can be done at a Premid contact point or through a fuel card operator.

Detailed information on both payment methods is available here.

Hauliers may also use the calculator which computes an estimated toll amount. The calculator offers a possibility of dividing the route into any number of sections that may be added to calculate a final amount of the toll. A user needs only to point to the start and end waypoints.

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