Thursday, 26 May 2022

Digital Supercameras, New Video Surveillance Coming to Croatian Roads

May the 26th, 2022 - A large number of brand new supercameras and an entirely new and modern system are set to be installed along Croatian roads as part of an EU project.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, as part of the modernisation of the entire system, a new video surveillance and video detection system will be introduced on Croatian, which will involve 1,727 brand new digital supercameras.

“Like any new system before it's commissioned, this one must pass a test phase and the validation process in order to make sure that it will react in a timely manner in real conditions. Given that the system is in a phase when it isn't possible to postpone implementation and testing, this is the only possible time period before the main tourist season when it can be implemented, and so that everything is ready by the end of 2022,'' a Croatian roads (HAC) statement said.

The closure of individual sections of motorways

During the implementation and testing of this new equipment, in order to preserve traffic safety and road users, there will be frequent closures of certain sections of the A1 motorway for all traffic. That traffic will be diverted to bypass routes during the closure, HAC said.

Crocodile 2 Croatia (Cro 2 Cro)

The new traffic control and management system Crocodile 2 Croatia (Cro 2 Cro) is part of the Crocodile project launched at the European Union (EU) level, writes HAC.

“The introduction of this system on Croatian roads will ensure coordinated traffic management and control, making the country become part of the integrated ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) on European roads. The new system will make it much easier for users to plan their travel and get information. The project is being co-financed by the European Union,'' they added.

What will the new cameras on Croatian roads be able to do?

“Along with the implementation of the new traffic information system, a new video surveillance and video detection system will be installed, which will significantly raise the level of road safety.

Analog cameras will be replaced by new digital and more technologically advanced ones. The new cameras will be able to detect potentially dangerous situations faster and more safely (such as when people are driving in the opposite direction, when there's a stopped vehicle, when there's a pedestrian on the road, etc.), and will as such provide a faster reaction in order to inform users about the event,'' concluded HAC.

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Good News for Drivers: No Croatian Road Toll Increase This Summer

May the 21st, 2022 - Good news for drivers from both home and abroad this summer as Croatian road toll fees aren't set to increase. There will also be an innovative new way of paying which hopes to streamline the process.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, according to a report from Net.hr, this year, just like the previous two pandemic-dominated years, in order to support the tourist season, the seasonal Croatian road toll increase of 10 percent will not be introduced.

The move comes as welcome news as we approach summer and as the cost to drive continues to be an issue for road users, with inflation continuing to force fuel prices up and making a full tank an expensive commodity.

"The measure of assistance to bus carriers also remains in force, meaning the application of the additional discount of seven percent for EURO 6 vehicles is being extended, which with the existing discount of 42.4 percent, amounts to almost 50 percent of the Croatian road toll price," they explained from HAC when dicussing this summer's plans for the country's motorways.

Hrvatske autoceste (Croatian roads) confirmed that activities are underway to prepare the public procurement of a new toll collection system to make things easier, as well.

"A tender will be announced at some point this year, and according to current estimates, the system could be completed by the year 2024," they stated from HAC.

The new toll collection system will be based on ''free flow'', without stopping any of the vehicles using the roads, and will be carried out with contactless payment methods. The system will enable a simpler and more technologically modern way of paying Croatian road toll fees, and will also increase the flow of traffic at toll stations so as not to cause traffic jams, bottlenecks or delays.

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Sunday, 8 May 2022

Krk Bridge Surface Roads to Finally be Completed Within 2 Weeks

May the 8th, 2022 - Precisely when will Krk bridge and its surface roads be completed? The issues faced in this regard by many drivers from both at home and from abroad will soon come to an end, it seems.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the now two-year ordeal faced by drivers travelling across the Krk bridge should be over in a mere ten days at the latest, because the works on the road surface will be completed by the end of next week.

The works on Krk bridge kicked off as part of a larger comprehensive renovation which was started back in 2020, and vehicle traffic on the bridge will soon be released in both directions, as reported by Novi list.

This was confirmed by Sanjin Velebit Pesut, chief engineer at Hrvatske Autoceste/Croatian Motorways (HAC) who is in charge of the reconstruction project. Pesut said that the works on the reconstruction of parts of the surface will be completed twenty days before the agreed deadline, and the entire renovation project will end up being completed about four months earlier than expected.

The works on Krk bridge, which is used by countless drivers each and every year, with traffic becoming even more strong during the height of the summer tourist season, are worth an enormous 55 million kuna, including VAT.

They've been being carried out by a consortium of Croatian companies, including Sitolor, Spegra and Geotehnika. They began back in September 2020 at the large port, and last autumn, they continued at the small port of the bridge between the islands of Sveti Marko and Krk itself.

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Saturday, 23 April 2022

Old Part of Zagreb's Vlaska Street to Become Pedestrian Zone

April the 23rd, 2022 - The old part of Zagreb's Vlaska Street is set to become an exclusively pedestrian zone. This move comes as more and more plans are in the works to expand the heart of the capital's pedestrian zones and to gradually eliminate traffic in certain areas.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the old part of Vlaska Street, between Draskoviceva and Palmoticeva, is set to become an exclusively pedestrian zone, which will be welcome news to some, and a source of irritation to others. The profession is worried that the move will create traffic jams on other roads in the centre, while the City of Zagreb says that this is just the beginning of the expansion of pedestrian zones in the very centre of the city.

The project of adapting that part of Stara Vlaska (the old part of Vlaska Street) into a zone intended only for pedestrians starts on May the 28th and has been conceived in different phases:

"In the first phase, road traffic will be closed and the installation of planters with trees will begin, which will also be benches. The terraces of the cafes will remain as they are now, and we will bring some stands in for craftsmen. We'll mark the opening of the pedestrian zone with a concert and children from three nearby schools will draw on the pavements, with the help of some local street artists,'' said Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet.

He added, according to a report from HRT, that about 10 parking spaces on that stretch of Vlaska Street will be abolished. Assistant professor Marko Sevrovic from the Institute for Traffic Planning pointed out two problems of such an intervention when it comes to traffic:

“What will happen to the vehicles that use that street to head to the east? If you're going from the north and want to go east, you'll have to go all the way down to Djordjiceva. Now the question is how this will affect the traffic there. Traffic is very similar to liquid - if you close it off somewhere, it will just go somewhere else. In addition to that, there's the issue of the pedestrian crossing on Palmoticeva. There will be two separate pedestrian zones with a very busy Palmoticeva between them in this case,'' he said.

A traffic light is offered as a solution for crossing what will then be a very busy Palmoticeva.

This is just the beginning of work on expanding the pedestrian zones in Zagreb's bustling and always busy city centre, and Korlaet concluded the following:

"The plan is also to turn Masarykova Street, so the entire promenade stretching to the Croatian National Theatre, into a pedestrian zone."

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Number of New Cars Registered in Croatia Rises by 17.5 Percent

April the 20th, 2022 - The number of brand new cars being registered in the Republic of Croatia has increased by 17.5 percent, at least according to the last available data which is for 2021.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, last year, there were 2.38 million registered road vehicles in the Republic of Croatia, which is 3.2 percent more than back in 2020, with 1.8 million passenger cars registered with an increase of 2.8 percent, and the first (initial) registrations of passenger cars increased by 17.5 percent compared to 2020, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Last year, 151,680 road vehicles were registered for the first time, which is an increase of 14.4 percent compared to 2020.

Unlike the 2020 results, when the decline in the number of road vehicles registered for the first time in this country was directly affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, last year saw the registrations of all types of vehicles across the country, with the exception of mopeds.

The first registrations of personal vehicles last year across the country stood at 112,345, equal to 17.5 percent more than the year before when there were 95,577 of the same. The increase is a result of the increase in the number of first registrations of new cars (26.1 percent) and used vehicles (14 percent). The increase in the number of cars on the roads has also unfortunately resulted in a higher number of traffic accidents.

According to CBS data, in 2021 there were 9,146 traffic accidents across the country with casualties, which is an increase of 18.6 percent compared to 2020, when 7,710 were registered.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Croatian Fuel Prices Shoot Up Once Again, Here Are The New Costs

April the 19th, 2022 - Inflation is still causing tremendous issues across the board in the Republic of Croatia, and rising Croatian fuel prices have been one of the most talked about problems over the last few weeks.

This morning, Croatian fuel prices shot up once again after having fallen to more respectable levels a couple of weeks ago. This morning, diesel in particular is 28 lipa more expensive than it was last night. Here are the new prices if you want to fill your tank in this countru as of today.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian fuel prices on sale across the country's many fuel stations has risen once again since midnight.

One litre of Eurosuper 95, which was below 12 kuna last week, now costs 12.19 kuna. In the premium version, the price has risen from 13.16 to 13.67 kuna. A full 50-litre fuel tank is as such 11 kuna more expensive now than it was last night.

A full diesel tank, on the other hand, is 12 and a half kuna more expensive than it was yesterday. A litre of diesel is 28 lipa more expensive this morning than it was at midnight last night and costs 12.70 kuna, while in its premium variants, it costs over 14 kuna.

Depending on the point of sale, a litre of autogas now stands between 6.89 kuna and 7.19 kuna as of this morning.

For more on Croatian fuel prices and inflation as this fluid situation changes, make sure to check out our dedicated news section.

Monday, 18 April 2022

32,000 Tonnes of Diesel Going to Market From Croatian Mandatory Stocks

April the 18th, 2022 - A massive 32,000 tonnes of diesel is going to be poured into the market from Croatian mandatory stocks of that fuel following a government decision issued last week. The move was made as more and more countries explore gas and fuel options that minimise any reliance on Russia.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Thursday, the government decided to release 32,000 tonnes of diesel fuel from Croatian mandatory stocks of oil and petroleum products. The Hydrocarbons Agency will release 12,000 tonnes of said diesel fuel from Croatian mandatory stocks by the end of April and 20,000 tonnes by the end of May 2022.

The Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development, Tomislav Coric, explained that a meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) was held on April the 1st, 2022, at which an agreement was reached to release 120 million tonnes of oil from mandatory reserves in order to send a unique and strong message to international oil markets that there will be no shortage of supplies as a result of the Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

Although the Republic of Croatia is not a member of the International Energy Agency and has no obligations to engage in these practices, it can participate in the second joint coordinated action with the aforementioned 32,000 tonnes of diesel fuel, or 238,000 barrels converted into crude oil equivalents.

Back in March of this year, the Republic of Croatia participated in the first joint coordinated action to launch Croatian mandatory stocks out onto the market, during which it released 22,000 tonnes of diesel fuel, ie 164,000 barrels converted into crude oil equivalents, Minister Coric explained.

The decision to place Croatian mandatory stocks of oil and other such petroleum products on the market was made by the government, and the Hydrocarbons Agency will release those mandatory stocks onto the market at regular market prices.

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Monday, 4 April 2022

Croatian Fuel Prices to Finally Drop Tomorrow - Here's the New Prices

April the 4th, 2022 - Croatian fuel prices should be finally set to drop tomorrow after last week's hike which came as a very unwelcome surprise to drivers.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, following on from last week's significant and entirely unwelcome increase in Croatian fuel prices, there's finally a little bit of good news for the nation's drivers. From tomorrow on, Croatian fuel prices will be lower, but they will still not be able to compensate for the increase from last week.

As such, the prices of regulated Eurodiesel in Croatia should be about 80 cents lower, while Eurosuper 95 petrol should be about 35 cents cheaper. This means that one litre of Eurodiesel should cost around 12.70 kuna, while a litre of Eurosuper should cost around 12.10 kuna. There was a significant rise in Croatian fuel prices last week. Petrol rose in price by 61 lipa, and diesel did the same by as much as 1.48 kuna, 24sata writes.

Anonymous activists announced that last night, some fuel stations here in the City of Zagreb had stickers with the image of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic stuck on them, as well as a derogatory message.

"We're aware that the growth of Croatian fuel prices is being influenced by many factors, but also Andrej Plenkovic's government has not done everything it could have to curb the rage in prices. They reduced VAT on some energy sources, but they didn't do the same with fuel, just as they didn't reduce excise duties as much as they could have, but only by a miserable 20-40 lipa. We demand a stronger reaction from the government, a reduction in levies and greater relief. We'll continue this action over the coming days when we intend to present ourselves to the public,'' the group of activists called the Boys and Girls of Zagreb's Asphalt ", 24sata writes.

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Monday, 14 March 2022

Croatian Fuel Prices Expected to Leap Once Again Tomorrow

March the 14th, 2022 - With inflation continuing on its global upward trajectory and with the Croatian Government set to put its inflation-curbing measures into place only on the 1st of April, Croatian fuel prices will likely shoot up once again tomorrow.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, yet another very unwelcome new increase in Croatian fuel prices is expected from Tuesday the 15th of March. As it turns out, that fuel price leap will stand at about one kuna and 60 lipa, meaning that a litre of petrol would rise to 13 kuna and 79 lipa, and diesel to 14 kuna and 13 lipa per litre. Some Croatian economists are reassuring people that oil will not become so expensive for a long time yet, as reported by Dnevnik.hr.

"This rise in Croatian fuel prices is likely to come to a halt later on this year, regardless of the outcome of the political and military situation unfolding over in Ukraine, meaning that market mechanisms will begin to work, namely at high prices, and consumers will begin to reduce their consumption," said well known Croatian economic analyst Damir Novonty.

Bus transport companies, which have faced hardship after hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying restrictions, as well as a lack of state intervention, will no longer be able to function normally without the help of the government.

The above was recently warned about from the Association of Public Line Carriers, especially in rural areas of the country where buses are the only means of transport for locals to get to school, work, pharmacies or to the shops. You can read more about that here.

Until then, Croatian transport companies, primarily bus carriers, the association says, will be forced to raise their ticket prices by 30 percent if government aid continues to lack as we move forward. An example of that would be that a typical Zagreb-Split bus ticket would increase in price by about fifty kuna.

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Monday, 24 January 2022

Croatian Average Salary Can Purchase 4 Times Less Fuel Than Swiss

January the 24th, 2022 - The Croatian average salary can purchase four times less fuel than the average Swiss salary can, which is unlikely to come as much of a shock to anyone. Now that the Swiss labour market is fully open to Croatian nationals, facts such as this one are likely to only add to further demographic issues.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, here in Croatia, 643 litres of Eurosuper 95 petrol can be purchased at its current price for the average Croatian average salary.

At the same time, the Swiss can buy 2742 litres of fuel for their average salary, the Danes can buy 2150, the Norwegians can buy 1828, and the Germans can buy 1706 litres. The neighbouring Italians, with a slightly lower average salary of 1,752 euros and currently the eighth most expensive fuel in all of Europe (1.77 euros per litre) can purchase one thousand litres.

When you look at the price of fuel only, Croats are currently paying for the 18th most expensive petrol from as many as 44 European countries, meaning that the country's fuel prices are among the most expensive.

A litre of petrol is the most expensive in the Netherlands, amounting to 2.11 euros, followed by Norway with a price tag of 1.92 euros, the Finns with 1.89 euros, then the Icelanders and Danes, and surprisingly the Greeks with 1.78 euros per litre of fuel.

Given that the average salary in Greece stands at roughly 1,116 euros, they can purchase less fuel than the average Croatian salary can, being able to afford just 627 litres. The Portuguese are in a similar situation, where a litre of Super 95 costs 1.71 euros, or almost 13 kuna. With their average salary of 1,110 euros, they can afford just a few more litres of fuel than the Croats - 649 litres.

The bad news for Croatia is that in 17 countries across Europe with (currently) higher fuel prices than those listed in Croatia, with the exception of Greece, significantly more litres of fuel can be bought for an average salary than for the Croatian average salary. That said, it is also old news that we're following Western European countries in terms of prices, but not in terms of overall living standards.

According to the latest data, fuel in neighbouring Serbia is only slightly cheaper than it is here in Croatia, 10.7 kuna when recalculated, and in Serbia the average salary is only 550 euros, which means that only 385 litres of Super 95 can be purchased for a typical Serbian wage. The ratio is more or less the same down south in Montenegro, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanks to the slightly lower price of a litre of gasoline (1.20 euros), the situation is a little more bearable.

The Hungarians, Bulgarians and Romanians, as well as the Slovaks, can currently buy slightly less petrol for their average salaries than the Croats can.

In a total of six European countries, petrol is still below the 1 euro price limit. Apart from Russia, these are Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine, Novi list writes.

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