Sale of alcohol to teenagers is not uncommon in northern Moravia

(Ostrava, January 26, 2018) At the end of 2017, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority of the Olomouc and Moravian-Silesian Regions carried out an extraordinary inspection aimed at compliance with the Act on the Protection of Public Health from Harmful Effects of Drugs. In 8 inspections, 6 law violations were found when vendors sold alcohol to persons under the age of 18. These were mainly wine shops and large food chain stores.

Unfair commercial practices continue within the sale of used cars

(Prague, January 19, 2018) Also in 2017, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority focussed on compliance with obligations within sale of used cars. In the period from May 22 to October 31, 2017, it carried out 65 inspections in used cars workplaces on the whole territory of the Czech Republic. It detected violations of law in 37 cases, which represented almost 60% of the total number of inspections. The situation didn't improve in comparison with 2016. Sellers still use deceptive or other illegal commercial practices that significantly damage consu...

Obligations still breached in funeral services

(Prague, January 12, 2018) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority regularly monitors compliance with legal obligations in the area of funeral services. Inspection results of the last four years showed that approximately every second workplace breached legal regulations. Most vendors don't inform consumers about the prices of services or products and don't issue confirmation of order acceptance. The situation hasn't changed and within the inspections carried out from September 1 to November 30, 2017, misconducts were detected in 54 of 115 inspecte...

Plastic bags cannot be offered for free anymore

(Prague, January 2, 2018) As from the New Year’s Day, plastic bags can only be sold, as governed by the amendment of the Act on Packaging. The Czech Republic joins a number of other EU countries that prohibited provision of plastic bags for free based on ecological reasons. From January 1, 2018, it is obligatory to sell plastic bags offered to customers in shops. There is one exception – very light plastic bags 15 micro meters thin that are necessary based on hygienic reasons or are provided as sales packages for unpacked food (e.g. bakery and ...

24% of vendors breached law before Christmas

(Prague, December 29, 2017) Last two weeks before Christmas, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority increased the number of inspections at Christmas markets. From December 11 to December 24, 2017, it carried out in total 431 inspections, including 103 cases in which breaches of legal regulations were detected (24%). Some vendors even served alcohol to youth under 18 years.

Two fuel samples failed

(Prague, December 28, 2017) In November 2017, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority carried out an extraordinary inspection of fuels. Two of the total number of 240 fuel samples failed the quality requirements.

Extraordinary inspection in Hořice and Lázně Bělohrad

(Hradec Králové, December 19, 2017) A large extraordinary inspection was carried out by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority to see if vendors comply with law in the retail network – at public alimentation facilities and at filling stations – in the towns of Hořice and Lázně Bělohrad. Law was violated in almost half of 30 inspected workplaces.

Recommendation and advice from the Czech Trade Inspection Authority

(Prague, December 15, 2017) To traders, Christmas is the most important time of the year. Their products and services shall meet the requirements of law. Consumers should responsibly consider selection and purchases of goods that they decide to pay for. There are certain recommendations from the Czech Trade Inspection Authority based on which consumers could save both time and money.