THE ROAD TRANSPORT SECTION  
 

Historically speaking, the membership of the Road Transport Section came into being out of the former businesses of CSAD (Czech Buses), which were transformed and restructured through all forms of the privatisation process to occur in the Czech Republic between 1992 and 1998. The section now has 39 business entities and more than 12 000 employees and these member companies have many thousands of buses and trucks at their service.

The majority of companies also have very high quality technical facilities and thanks to this fact, all major foreign and domestic manufacturers of trucks, buses, and semi-trailers are also represented (Volvo, DAF, Mercedes, Karosa, Renault, MAN, Scania), including those that offer a comprehensive accessory line of goods and spare parts that ranges from tyres and diesel to special tools and work aids. Thanks to this high quality technical background, practically all companies are able to provide comprehensive transportation, dispatching, servicing, and additional business services to thousands of small transport companies and traders, including all trucks and buses that cross borders.

The Road Transport Section defends the interests of businesses in the sphere of road transport against the bodies of public administration and self-autonomous bodies emphatically and uncompromisingly. The activity of the section and its results are based on the highly professional and active work of predominant groups of top specialists in the field of transport who work in the interests of the Road Transport Section.

The activities of the Road Transport Section must be acknowledged for their benefits in terms of the following:
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continual participation in the processing of subsidy regulations and principles for public passenger transport;
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participation in the creation of the pricing policy for public passenger transport;
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continual participation in the processing of the transport policy of the Czech Republic;
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permanent pressure on changes to legislation in the branch of road transport and transport as a whole in the interests of drawing closer to the principles of the European Union, and the continual putting forward of comments regarding all laws, decrees, or state budgets within the scope of the circulation of draft bills for comment by individual Ministries;
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the significant role played by the leading members of the Road Transport Section in national and international business and employer’s associations in the field of road transport and transport in general;
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dialogue with the Trades Union in the interest of social consensus;
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continuous pressure on the government, the Ministries, and the Parliament of the Czech Republic in cases of exceptionally complicated cases that restrict the conditions of engaging in business for road carriers, such as ongoing problems at border crossings, the non-performance of specialised state supervision of domestic and particularly foreign road carriers, or insensitive interventions in tax regulations or other regulations;
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the creation of equal conditions for conducting business in international and domestic freight transport for national and foreign carriers.

The fundamental strategic aims of the Road Transport Section are as follows:

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to ensure the section’s participation in the processing, promotion of approval, and subsequent inspection of the observance of the transport policy of the Czech Republic until at least the year 2010, with a priority being the assurance of the continual renewal of fleets of vehicles with state support until such time as a market environment is generated;
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to create uncompromising pressure on the harmonisation of the legislative conditions of the Czech Republic and those of the European Union in the field of road transport (particularly in the conditions of entry to the transport market, the promotion of the principles of the commitments of public service and the support of business);
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to exert pressure on the processing of the tax concept of the gradual introduction of fees for road transport over the timescale before, during, and after the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union, with a priority being the support of public passenger transport;
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to ensure intensive pressure on the creation of a uniform and strong Union of Road Carriers of the Czech Republic either as a completely separate union or as part of the uniform Transport Union of the Czech Republic;
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to generate effective pressure on the obligation of the state to perform specialised state supervision both in the technical sphere and in the field of transport;
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to promote and put forward the system processing of support for the domestic transport market and carriers before accession to the European Union and for a period of time following accession;
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to strongly seek the construction of the transport infrastructure, including the assurance of repairs to the network of motorways and roads.