Gref: inflation contribution to new road tax to heavy vehicles could reach 1.5%

MOSCOW, November 23. The contribution to inflation from the introduction of new road tax to heavy goods vehicles for travel on Federal highways can be 1.5%. Such an assessment was expressed by the head of Sberbank German Gref, speaking at the VII Congress of leaders of “OPORA Russia”.

According to him, even if drivers will pay less of 1.53 rubles per each mile of way on Federal highways, but it’s still inflation.

“How it’s made (start of toll collection from heavy vehicles – approx. ed), it is not permissible. Obvious errors in design and direction”, – said Gref.

According to him, due to the fact that when carrying out this reform, mistakes were made, it can have a serious impact on logistics in the country, and ultimately affect the range of goods and prices.

Meanwhile earlier the Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia Maxim Oreshkin said in an interview that the new road toll for the passage of heavy trucks on Federal highways will not lead to a surge of inflation in the Russian Federation and his contribution to the growth of consumer prices will amount to a maximum of 0.1% in 2016.

From November 15 in Russia introduced a new road tax: trucks with a permissible maximum weight exceeding 12 t will pay 1.53 per mile of way on Federal highways. This reduced fee, which is achieved by using a decreasing ratio of 0.41 to the previously adopted rate of 3,73 rubles for 1 km It will be valid until 29 February 2016. From 1 March 2016 until 31 December 2018 – 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 – 3,73 rubles per 1 km.

In addition to the payment rate on the truck will need to install the onboard equipment.

The introduction of the new toll sparked protests drivers of heavy vehicles in the regions of the Russian Federation. Protests were held with the participation of hundreds of drivers in the suburbs, near Novosibirsk, Karelia, Udmurtia, Belgorod oblast and other regions. Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, in turn, said that private carriers knew in advance about the introduction of fees from the trucks and are now trying to affect decisions already taken.-