How the monopoly behaves

Among other things, the snow gave us the opportunity to observe an interesting phenomenon - the typical behavior of a monopoly. My Praguers understand me.

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DP Prague logo

Wednesday afternoon and evening - thick snow fell on Prague. It occurred to him a lot, he was everywhere.

But who would say that due to snow on Wednesday night, public transport will collapse for another week on Tuesday?

Dopravní podnik Praha did not manage the situation. I understand that traffic collapsed on Wednesday, after all, other private carriers and various supplies did not manage the situation. I understand that public transport did not work well on Thursday.

But what I don't understand at all is the reason why public transport (as opposed to private carriers and supply) did not work on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, why it still worked poorly on Monday and still poorly functioning today, Tuesday. And what seems even more absurd to me is that although we all (unfortunately) are obliged to pay public transport tax, although the DPP is unable to meet its obligations to us, the taxpayers, it still sends auditors "on the ground" who fines citizens.

The only normally functioning transport was the metro, ie non-surface transport. The DPP thus issued a recommendation that people use the metro if possible. To make the situation as ridiculous as possible, in the subway you came across auditors at almost every step (not that they would check me, but they checked many others).

So to sum it up: DPP has not been able to meet the obligations it had to its clients for quite some time. The services offered are very limited and less functional. But it makes its clients even more careful to pay for the full version of the services.

Were you looking for an example of monopoly behavior? There is. It's absurd, ridiculous. Let's start thinking about changing service providers.

Services prepaid

I wouldn't have such a problem with DPP behavior. In later days, he let the problems know about the problems in advance (although the communication did not work perfectly), the client could voluntarily decide whether service use or not. The DPP would thus theoretically have the right to send a special volley of auditors into the field.

However, we all subscribe to DPP from taxes. Perfect services are prepaid and it was the DPP that did not meet its obligations. It should be we, the taxpayers, who send the auditor to the Transport Company and not the other way around.


  1. Martin, I understand your arguments.

    If the city delays passenger transport at the expense of public transport, it is the fault of the city - no one (neither public transport nor passenger transport) should be delayed. It is a matter of the city and we need to complain to it.

    And the rest - this is more of a service provider (DPP) problem than a customer. Yes, I, as a customer, take note of these things, I understand that, but it does not change the fact that I subscribe to DPP as a tax tax service. Here I come across the aforementioned raid of auditors in the metro at a time when the metro was the only usable service from DPP, when the company itself encouraged its (already paying) customers to use it to the maximum. I don't think that's fair, and if any other prepaid service provider did something similar to me, I would probably terminate the contract with him immediately - I don't need to prepay for this…

  2. Just a few notes. It is difficult to keep trams running when someone enters the open top twice a day and has to be removed by a crane. Normally, they blast Beets and deliver lines 2. In recent days, Hradčanská and the operation of lines 9,10,16 and 1,8,15,18,20,25. Then they still pull down the trolley trucks on Výton. And the operation of lines 26 ​​and 3,7,17 is collapsing. is even higher). This means the collapse of lines 21 and 3. In Jičínská street there is a bad paved surface and there it takes buses 19 and 15 and line 12,20. Add to that the exclusion at Krejcárek, which worsened the turnover possibilities for line 22. With all this and with different requirements for driver safety breaks, it is almost impossible to keep a single joint on the surface in operation. In Vinohrady, Korunní, Milady Horáková, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, France, Lidice and Štefánik, cars are parked along the tracks, as the city allowed them by a special decree. Even in the rules of operation, it is not allowed from 136 to 175 hours. Their maneuvers through the snow then delay traffic more than ever. If every driver asked for the break he is entitled to, no one of the 5 trams would run at half past seven. But most don't do it and drive. Even with the risk that they would pay for it in the accident, they did not have a break. Drivers sweep the switches and the cars put ice on the tires again. Every driver must sweep the switch to lock it in order for the tram to cross it safely. Sure, DP has reserves, but it's a carrier struggling with zero support from the city. Tram detection doesn't work at many intersections that winter, they don't check in, they don't get time off…

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