Government spends only PLN 65m yearly to improve road security

APA - Austria Presse Agentur
opublikowano: 25-01-2006, 13:08

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Car accidents caused, among others, by bad roads, cost PLN 20 billion (EUR 5.2 billion) a year on average. Expenditures to improve road security amount to PLN 65m.

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Car accidents caused, among others, by bad roads, cost PLN 20 billion (EUR 5.2 billion) a year on average. Expenditures to improve road security amount to PLN 65m.

Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Jerzy Polaczek, the Minister of Transport, believe that one of the most important aims in the government program of high-ways construction, is to improve their security. Out of 18,000 km of national roads, only 48.9 percent have good surface, while 24.9 percent – a bad one. The Polish road authorities GDDKiA say that in the years 1990-2004, 820,000 car accidents were registered in Poland. They cost PLN 300 billion, or about PLN 20 billion annually. Meanwhile, only PLN 509.3m were spent in the last eight years to improve the security on roads. This year, EU funds could be absorbed. However, due to cutting budget spending on road (funds were transferred to railways), EU funds will not be of much help.

“Out of EU transport program, we launch funds to modernize 25 crossroads to improve security. We had to cut spending because over PLN 1 billion generated from fuel excise duty was given to railways”, Zbigniew Kotlarek, temporary general director in GDDKiA said.

Out of EU funds, PLN 71m will be spent on crossroads. The budget will add only PLN 11m while a year ago it was over PLN 100m.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.262)

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