The Office for the Protection of Competition fined the capital for favoring hybrid cars when parking at blue speeds
The Office for the Protection of Competition imposed a fine on the capital for the way it favored hybrid cars when parking in blue zones. The fine of 984 thousand crowns is not yet final, it is a decision in the first instance. Prague can file a dissolution.
According to the office, the city violated the law from April 2018 to April 2019, when only hybrid cars with an internal combustion engine power of up to 135 kW were entitled to free parking. According to the decision of the office, there was such a rule “It is capable of distorting competition in the territory of the capital city of Prague, because it favored sellers of hybrid vehicles with internal combustion engines up to 135 kW, when end people could really observe the possibility of free parking when choosing a new vehicle. The company using hybrid vehicles with an internal combustion engine power of up to 135 kW also gave a similar advantage. Thanks to free parking, they could benefit from saving their business costs in the order of tens of thousands of crowns compared to their competitors, who also operated a hybrid vehicle without an internal combustion engine over 135 kW. “
Nevertheless, the Office acknowledges that the city was driven by a legitimate effort to reduce emissions, but still a condition for discrimination. “The performance of an installed internal combustion engine is not a reliable indicator of the emission values of a hybrid vehicle,” wrote the office in the decision. This was eventually achieved by the capital, which in the course of 2019 changed the measure to CO2 emission limit values of 50 g / km, which is based on the Act on the Conditions of Operation of Vehicles on Roads.