MOSCOW, November 15. The new fee for the passage of heavy trucks on Federal highways of the Russian Federation will not lead to shortages of food and other consumer goods.
This was stated by the Minister of industry and trade Denis Manturov.
He noted that the impact of tax on prices are not to be determinative.
“It’s hard to say how the new road tax will add to the overall dynamics of the rising prices, but it is unlikely that his influence will be crucial. It’s safe to say that this will not lead to shortages of food and other consumer goods,” the Minister said.
“In 2016 there will be a gradual price increase as a result of inflation and other factors, including seasonal growth and fluctuations of the exchange rate”, – said the Minister.
From November 15 trucks with a permissible maximum weight exceeding 12 tons will pay 1.53 per ruble for each mile of way on Federal highways in the Russian Federation.
Such fees, according to the decree of the RF government dated 3 November, will continue until 29 February 2016.
The reduced fee is achieved by using a decreasing ratio of 0.41 to the previously adopted rate of 3.73 per 1 ruble per km From 1 March 2016 until 31 December 2018 heavy trucks will pay the tariff with a reduction factor of 0.82 – 3.06 rubles per 1 km. From January 1, 2019 the fee will be for heavy vehicles full.
To control the passage of trucks on Federal highways will be cars with instruments photo and video recording, and is also located on the roads construction of station control.
It is planned that the collection of payments will bring annually about 40 billion rubles to the Federal road Fund, from which funds will be allocated for repair and construction of new roads.