MOSCOW, December 2. System “Platon”, providing the toll for heavy vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes of tolls on Federal highways, “gathered for two weeks over 800 million rubles.” This was announced at a meeting of the working group of the Council under the RF President on development of civil society and human rights Minister of transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov.
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“The system is working reliably, we can state that, to date, collected about 800 million rubles, they enter the budget of the Russian Federation,” he said, stressing that he wants “to dispel the myths that this money goes to some private companies”.
According to Sokolov, there are more than 650 thousand vehicles. “This is a very high percentage for the first two weeks of work, in fact we can say that not just most, but all large companies who are professionally engaged in road transport work in this system”, – he noted. Sokolov believes that “the system has proven itself as a good oiled machine”.
The Minister also noted that the creation of the “Plato” took into account international experience, European experience, the essence of which is that the destruction of roads is paid by those who spoil them, and they earn. But the greatest damage to the roads cause heavy vehicles.
The discontent of the truckers by the introduction of a system of charging heavy vehicles weighing above 12 tonnes for travel on Federal highways associated with work in the grey area and the unwillingness to pay taxes, said Maxim Sokolov.
“The majority of trucking business is the so-called grey area, which by and large it’s not that all taxes do not pay, but at least, even the vehicle tax for heavy trucks….”, he said. “And, of course, it’s not really like that now, with this system will be almost complete alignment of all Supervisory authorities, fiscal authorities, as the extent to which and how many vehicles move on the roads of our country”, – said the Minister.
About the system “Platon”
System “Platon”, providing the toll for heavy vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes of tolls on Federal highways, are available from 15 November. Until March 1, 2016, trucks to pay 1,53 rubles for each kilometer, in the future, the rate will increase. It is planned that in 2016 the collection of payments will bring 40 billion. The money will be spent on the repair of Federal highways.
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