The Ministry of transport is considering the introduction with the system operator “Plato” of tolls on Federal highways with vehicles weighing from 3.5 to 12 tons. About this newspaper Vedomosti , citing Federal officials. Currently, the “Plato” introduced from November 2015, extends only to vehicles with a weight above 12 tonnes.

Similar the contract called “the Scientific substantiation of expediency of introduction in Russia of a system of toll-road shared use of vehicles with a permissible maximum weight from 3.5 to 12 tons in order a phased transition to the principle of “user pays” is published on the website of public procurement. It was concluded between PKU “Rostransmodernizatsiya” and the Higher school of Economics in June of this year.

As explained by the publishing Director of the Institute for transport Economics and transport policy HSE Mikhail Blinkin, the implementation of the contract worth 10.8 million rubles is not over yet.

Director of the Institute for transport Economics and transport policy HSE Mikhail Blinkin confirmed to the newspaper that the contract was received and it still is. He supported the introduction of fees per kilometer for all vehicles, noting that “this is likely to be introduced around the world because the e-road pricing much fairer than the fuel excise”.

Ministry of transport, information publication no immediate comment, and a representative of the operator “Plato” – “RT-invest the transport system” – said with them until these plans were not discussed.

Representatives of logistics companies, told “Vedomosti” that trucks weighing between 3.5 tonnes are used, as a rule, for delivery to a short distance. Introduction, “Plato” for this class of vehicles will hit carriers using small – and medium-duty machines, they said.

In the case of implementation of such plans, the cost of transportation per unit of goods will rise, and from of such traffic refuse the shipper. The introduction of the collection in “Plato” with a 3.5-tonner will cause resentment and negative sentiment from carriers and transport companies will include new costs in the transportation costs, experts predict.

The “Plato” operates in Russia since 15 November 2015. The resulting funds should go to road resurfacing, which collapses due to heavy vehicles. The launch of the system was accompanied by failures in work systems as well as the mass protests of truckers, who have complained that they pay the transport tax and excise taxes included in fuel cost.

It was planned that by March 1, 2016, the truck owners will pay 1.53 rubles for each kilometer, and then until 31 December 2018 – 3.06 rubles. But at the end of winter amid protests, the government froze the indexation of tariffs of the “Plato” until the summer of 2017.

Customer system Agency has made concessions: the rate was frozen until the end of 2016, and the penalties for non-payment reduced from 450 thousand to five thousand roubles.

Sounded and claims that the system supposedly works in the interests of the son of a “friend of Putin”. “Plato” provides the company “RT-invest the Transport system” (RTAS), the beneficiary of which is Igor Rotenberg, the son of a close to the President of Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg.

“Vedomosti”: the Ministry of transport is considering plans for dissemination, “Plato” 3.5-ton crane 23.11.2016

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