- What kind of activities does Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.do?
Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.is responsible for the operation and maintenance of nearly 32 000 km of national roads. In addition to that, our Company is responsible for issuing route permits for oversized vehicles, the inspection of trucks at weight control stations, the training of professionals within the entire road sector, as well as the operation of Traffic Advisory, the National Road Databank and the Road Museum in the town of Kiskőrös.
It is important to note that we are not responsible for the operation of city roads in Budapest, the M5 and M6 motorways’ sections operated by concessionaires and the urban road sections operated by municipalities outside of Budapest.
2. How can I figure out, if a certain road section is operated by Hungarian Public Roads?
The website kira.gov.hu/kira/ includes maps with the operators of road sections. You should register for free to access the site allowing you to have the most up-to-date information.
3. Why are there potholes on the roads?
The average age of the Hungarian primary and secondary road network is around 40 years. Another factor is that roads were originally designed for lower loads and less traffic. Cold and wet winter seasons result in increased pothole formation on the aged pavement. We continuously strive to eliminate and prevent these potholes. As a matter of fact, motorways are considerably newer on average, consequently pavement defects are less frequent on them.
4. Why do we perform pothole repair instead of complete pavement rehabilitation?
Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.is a road operator entrusted with the repair of pavement defects in accordance with legal provisions. Large-scale repairs, complete rehabilitation and reconstruction is carried out in cases, where pothole repair can no longer ensure safe traffic on a road section and if the resources required for bigger repairs are available to us.
5. Where can I report dangerous pavement defects?
Pavement defects can be reported to the competent call center contact point of the given county.
6. What should I do in case of damage?
Most important information on reporting are available on the webpage of www.kozut.hu under the menu item “Claims for damages”.
7. Why do traffic restrictions remain in force on certain sections, when the repair work has already been completed?
In those cases visible work has usually been completed, but further work still needs to be carried out in order to restore normal traffic conditions (e.g. road pavement works have been finished, but work is still in process on the shoulders or drainage ditches). Legal provisions shall always be respected in the course of work performance, with special emphasis on road safety aspects.
Our staff is doing its best in order to ensure that traffic restrictions are as rare and short as possible.
8. How often are road markings renewed?
The painting of road markings is strictly specified by regulations. The condition of road markings is continuously monitored by our experts, who draw up annual road marking renewal plans.
9. Where and how can I get the road operator’s permit to install information or advertising billboards, for the use of roads for non-traffic purposes or to get road access from gateways?
Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.is entitled to give road operator’s permits for the placement of information or advertising billboards along the roads, the use of roads for non-traffic purposes or road access to gateways on the operated road network. Requests shall be submitted to the compentent county directorate, where our staff can also inform you on the related regulations. The required request forms are available here.
10. What kind of resources are used for the rehabilitation of aging roads and for road safety developments?
Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.has both domestic and European Union resources available to carry out rehabilitation works and road safety developments on the entire Hungarian road network.
11. How does Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.generally prepare for the winter service period?
During the winter service period, Hungarian Public Roads’ primary mission is the clearing and removal of ice and snow from roads and the repair of surface defects formed under winter conditions. Steps are taken so that our salt and gritting material stock is completely filled and our winter fleet is also prepared for the winter season.
12. Why I shouldn’t overtake a snow plow truck working on the road?
When it comes to snowy weather, you can often see our vehicles performing snow removal or de-icing. Please do not approach these vehicles, since salt and grit spread by them might spring up and damage your vehicle. It is not recommended to overtake snow removal vehicles either, because snowy roads are less safe than freshly cleaned ones and the change of direction might pose further risk to safety while driving. If you do not want to overtake the working vehicle, please keep a safe distance behind it.
13. Why do I see winter service vehicles going along swnowy roads with raised plows?
The company’s snow removal plan specifies fixed routes for each of our vehicles. Machines get filled up with maintenance material at maintenance centers and they start gritting as soon as they are at the target location, to where they get with raised plows in order to be as fast as possible.
14. Is the harmful environmental effect of road salt detectable?
In order to ensure safety and mobility during the winter months, anti-skid measures shall be applied on our roads. The amount of salt spread on the roads depends on wheather conditions; salt spreading is not automatic and outside temperature is not the only factor we take into consideration when deciding on road salting. Our colleauges decide what kind of winter measures shall be carried out on the basis of air humidity, intensity, type and spatial distribution of the precipitation. We continously monitor the condition of the the natural environment surrounding the road, including the effects of road salt on soil, groundwater. Since the most frequently used anti-skid material is rock salt, which is a water soluble material, it does not accumulate significantly in those locations that are subject to salt spreading (approx. 30-40 m from the edge of the surface, to a depth of 25-40 cm). The major portion of anti-skid materials spread on roads in winter months is washed away by the spring rains. Measurement values are regularly sent to the competent environmental authorities.
15. Where can I report animal carcasses and who is responsible for their removal?
Animal carcasses can be reported to our territorially competent call center contact pointPlease specify the location as accurately as possible, indicating the number of the road and the kilometer marker as well, if possible.
Each task is immediately forwarded to our licensed contractors who will perform removal of the carcasses and disinfection within 12 hours.
16. Based on what criteria do we decide on cutting down trees along the roads?
The entire stock of trees located in the territory of the public road network is evaluated in line with the applicable legislation every two years. Trees that are potentially dangerous to road safety are cut down on the basis of these assessments, in a scheduled manner. In some locations felling is necessary to ensure safe traffic flow.
Did you know that we also ensure the replacement of the trees we cut down? Tree and shrub planting is carried out each year in suitable territories of the public road network, as established beforehand.
17. What do road inspection vehicles do on the road? Why are they so slow?
Our road inspector colleagues carry out road inspections on our road network as specified by the road inspection plan and in accordance with the provisions of decree No 6/1998(III.11.) KHVM on regulating the management of national public roads and related regulations. Road inspections are aimed at recording and fixing irregularities found not only on roads, but also in their environment. Road inspectors drive slowly to be able to note every irregularity and in cases requiring immediate interventions, they pull to the road shoulders to carry out the required tasks. They are doing an extremely important job for the precise knowledge of road condisions and proper maintenance of roads, therefore we kindly ask for your patience towards them.
18. How can I contact Traffic Advisory and what kind of information can I request?
Our Traffic Advisory can be contacted at +36 1 336 2400 and on the webpage of www.utinform.hu, where you can get information on incidents, congestions, road repairs, construction and completion of new roads, junctions, cycling routes, bypass routes, weight and speed restrictions, weather-related obstacles, truck restrictions and ferry timetables or any event occurring on our public roads.
19. What is the function of hard shoulders / emergency (stopping) lanes?
The part of the road pavement known as the emergency (stopping) lane is there to assist operation and rescue duties and on the other hand is a lane for vehicles suffering technical breakdown, where they can wait for assistance without causing any major disorder in the traffic flow.
20. What should I be aware of when I am forced to use the emergency (stopping) lane due to a technical breakdown?
In case of a technical breakdown you should pull to the right edge of the emergency lane as much as possible. It is important that the person dealing with the defective vehicle should not surpass the border of the outer lane and shall stay away from it as far as possible. The hazard lights of the vehicle shall be on and vehicle breakdown triangles shall also be placed (~25 meters) behind the vehicle so that it can be visible to approaching vehicles, even if the breakdown can be elminiated within a short time. You must make sure that no one stays on the motorway without high visibility vests and passangers should get out of the vehicle and stay in a safe spot behind the guardrail.
21. Why I am not allowed to use the emergency lane in case of traffic congestions due to accidents?
In case of accidents or congestions it is important to ensure that rescue vehicles (ambulance, firefighters, police, road operator etc.) can get to the scene of the disturbance as quickly as possible wihout any obstacles, so that normal traffic flow can be restored as soon as possible. Trying to escape the traffic by using the emergency (stopping) lanes, turning or driving backwards in order to gain a few minutes is an extremely risky behaviour which goes against the rules of the traffic code. Emergency (stopping) lanes can be used only in cases when the police is diverting the traffic to these lanes in the immediate proximity of the accident scene.
22. Where can I find information on the range of public roads that can be used by bicycle?
The road network operated by Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Pte Ltd Co.can be used by cyclists in accordance with the rules of the traffic code.
We also recommend you to browse through the website of kenyi.hu (bicycle road register) that provides information on potential cycling routes offered by primary and secondary roads assisted by a so called “Google based” map.