Antitrust President Petr Rafaj on Thursday canceled a decision in first instance that canceled the selection of the winner of a tender in May to build and operate an electronic toll collection system from 2020 onwards.
Thus, the provisional order prohibiting the contracting authority from entering into a contract with the selected tenderer, the consortium of Czech Toll and Sky Toll, remains in force.
Transport minister Dan Ťok (ANO) welcomed the decision of Rafaj. "I am pleased that such a decision has been taken and that it allows us to continue the competition as we have said," said journalists in Prague. He did not want to go into the content of the decision himself, because he had not yet met him. It was the Ministry of Transport that had submitted an application to Rafai to disagree with the Bureau's original decision to cancel the tender.
The Czech Toll decision is welcome, but Kapsch is surprised
Kapsch, the existing operator of the toll system, was surprised by the decision of the office. "We were surprised, especially in the context of a few weeks of the Bureau's decision to complete the D35, where similar but significantly smaller changes to the tender dossier canceled the entire order," said Kapsche, Karel Feix.
According to Feix, the anti-monopoly agency will now have room to solve even more important tender problems. He meant the research on the technological neutrality of the tender and the uncertainty of the tender documents, which according to the company did not make it possible to specify the tender tariffs. At the same time Feix remembered earlier offers for a reserve toll solution. This was an offer to buy a part of the company owned by the state and also a competition to operate the current system.