Hundreds of thousands of drivers will have their vignettes expire

A significant number of drivers will see their annual electronic vignettes expire in the next few days, at the end of January and the beginning of February, the state enterprise Cendis has warned.

“Last year, we sold over 2.5 million e-stamps in the first few months, and we expect a similar number this year. “Technically, we are ready for it,” said Cendis director Jan Paroubek. Driving without a valid plate carries a fine of up to CZK 5,000 on the spot and up to CZK 20,000 in administrative proceedings.

Motorists who bought a vignette last year will receive a text message on their mobile phones informing them that their voucher will soon expire. However, the news does not distinguish whether the person has already bought a new stamp.

Prices have not changed since last year, with an annual stamp costing CZK 1,500, a monthly stamp costing CZK 440, and a ten-day stamp costing CZK 310. For cars running on natural gas or biomethane. Neither electric cars nor cars transporting disabled people with a disabled person’s card must have a vignette.

The vignette has a sliding validity, i.e., it is valid from the moment determined by the user. Thus, an annual voucher can be valid for 365 days, e.g., from 1 March or any other date of the owner’s choice.